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Spinning Into Butter (2007)

R | | Drama | 27 March 2009 (USA)
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A hate crime on the campus of a New England college puts the school's dean in a position where she has to examine her own feelings about race and prejudice, while maintaining her administration's politically correct policies.

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Mark Brokaw

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Doug Atchison, Rebecca Gilman (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Jessica Parker ... Sarah Daniels
Miranda Richardson ... Dean Catherine Kenney
Victor Rasuk ... Patrick Chibas
Jake M. Smith ... Jason
Becky Ann Baker ... Ruby
Daniel Eric Gold ... Nathan
Richard Riehle ... Paul Meyers
Paul James ... Simon Brick
Beau Bridges ... Dean Burton Strauss
Peter Friedman ... Jay Salter
Jessi Campbell Jessi Campbell ... Lindsey
Emma Myles ... Anika
Enver Gjokaj ... Greg Sullivan
DeWanda Wise ... Claudia Thompson
Jimonn Cole Jimonn Cole ... Tyler Hogan
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Sarah Daniels taught in a Lancaster school and developed deep prejudice against minorities, especially blacks. She decided to re-locate to Belmont, Vermont with the hopes that it will be 'all white', and gets hired in Belmont College. She does not disclose her past to anyone, but when an African-American student, Simon Brick, becomes the victim of hate crime, she soon realizes that not only will her past return to haunt her, she will be expected to be the liaison person for the minorities, as well as be asked to prepare a 10-point bullet-ed list to resolve racism. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Release Date:

27 March 2009 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$5,534, 29 March 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,534, 29 March 2009
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How To Resolve Racism?
27 April 2009 | by rAjOoSee all my reviews

Sarah Daniels teaches in a Lancaster School, which is predominantly occupied by minorities, especially blacks. She soon develops a deep hatred and prejudice, even fear, against blacks, and avoids them even in public transportation. When she finds out about a vacancy in Belmont College in Vermont, she re-locates there. But her past will be put to the test when she is ironically labeled a liaison person for the minorities, as well as asked to prepare a 10 point list to resolve racism, after an African American student, Simon Black, becomes a victim of hate crime.

She will also realize that before she was hired, the Management expected her to be black.

Subsequently, she herself will question her prejudice as well as the Management's 'lip service' response to the hate crime amidst heavy media presence, and growing restlessness and hatred amongst the student body.

Quite frankly, one can only laugh out loud at the naivety shown by the school management in asking a lecturer to prepare a document titled 'how to resolve racism'.

For generations, judiciary, and human rights commissions have turned a nelson's eye on this issue, and that's precisely the reason why it continues on undeterred.

One must often wonder as to why most people on one hand are contemptuous of lawyers, but respectful of judges - who at one time were themselves lawyers. Many lawyers are appointed to the judiciary by politicians - thus issues never get addressed and get even more complex in the long run. This is why people take to the streets and there is violence when concerns and issues are left unaddressed.

A thought provoking movie, and a must-watch for all.


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