Set in the 1930's Iowa, where the Cora's family live as the community's only African-Americans. and supported only by Cora's being a housekeeper to the Studevants. When tragedy strikes, will Cora's speak the truth...with consequences?

Director:

Deborah Pratt (as Deborah M. Pratt)

Writers:

Langston Hughes (short story), Ann Peacock (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Regina Taylor ... Cora Jenkins
Cherry Jones ... Lizbeth Studevant
Ellen Muth ... Jessie at 18
Michael Gaston ... Arthur Studevant
Kohl Sudduth ... Joe
Arlen Dean Snyder ... Dr. Siebels
CCH Pounder ... Ma Jenkins
Tinashe ... Josephine (as Tinashe Kachingwe)
Molly Graham Molly Graham ... Jessie at 5
Ben Easter ... Willie Matsoulis
Tiffany M. Wren Tiffany M. Wren ... Mary at 13
Melissa Albright Melissa Albright ... Mary at 26
Tom Woodward Tom Woodward ... Reverend Macelroy
Bethany Larson Bethany Larson ... Muriel Debord
David Fritts David Fritts ... Tom Debord
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Set in the 1930's Iowa, where the Cora's family live as the community's only African-Americans. and supported only by Cora's being a housekeeper to the Studevants. When tragedy strikes, will Cora's speak the truth...with consequences?

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Drama

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Cora Unashamed
24 January 2006 | by lubbe-2See all my reviews

This film, to my mind, is an excellent portrayal of the values of the time. The set, costumes and camera-work are outstanding. The story in itself has a universal theme; it could have been set in any country, at any time. In a way, it reminds me of The Color Purple, also of Clara's Heart; the issues of gender and race are still relevant today, as are the issue of loveless parents leaving the care of their children to hired help. I cannot understand why this film did not receive the international recognition it deserves; I will recommend it to everyone I know. It was shown on late-night TV here in South Africa, and I stayed up until 3 a.m. just to watch it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Küzdelem az igazságért See more »

Filming Locations:

Cambridge, Iowa, USA See more »

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Alt Films, WGBH See more »
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Color
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