Three poor Black kids in rural Mississippi reap the consequences of their family's cycle of abuse, addiction, and violence.

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Adam Clark ...
Junior
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Delores
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Jossie Thacker ...
Charlie
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Anna (as Simbi Kali Williams)
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Tyrone
Chasity Kershal Hammitte ...
Leigh
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Milena
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In the years 1986 and 1998 three black children living in Mississippi deal with poverty, violence and abuse. Young Kari the main character, is a talented pianist who hopes to pursue a career in it one day. Her sister Leigh is struggling to hide her lesbian relationship with her girlfriend, Paula. Their cousin Sammy, is a star basketball player. Each child deals with their dysfunctional family, including gambling, alcoholism, and poverty.

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Wanting to escape was the easy part.

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While the boys are at basketball practice the words "Hertford County" can be seen on their jerseys. This movie is said to be set in rural Mississippi, but there is no Hertford County in Mississippi. See more »

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I agree with Michael O Rourke
28 September 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just watched this movie on Netflix, if it played in the Theater, some how I missed this very well written movie. my hat is off to the writer, Director,( Tina Mabry), Michael O'Rourke I too thought this could have been just as good as 12 years a slave, Ms. Mabry just needed a bigger budget.

The acting was good Ms. Thompson who played the girl who made it out of Bad town Mississippi is a very good actress with a good career ahead of her. This story had every thing I seen in the ghetto of north Philly. at times it was hard for me to watch, because I seen all of the abuse in my own life from people living in the ghetto ,it was so real for me.

Ms. Mabry you are a very good writer, I will be looking for more great movies written by you.

very well written

I loved it.


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