The best of enemies

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German title The best of enemies
Original title The best of enemies
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 2019
length 133 minutes
Age rating FSK 6
Director Robin Bissell
script Robin Bissell
production Matt Berenson ,
Fred Bernstein ,
Tobey Maguire ,
Matthew Plouffe ,
Danny Strong ,
Dominique Telson
music Marcelo Zarvos
camera David Lanzenberg
cut Harry Yoon

The Best of Enemies is a historical drama film directed by Robin Bissell and released in the United States by STX Entertainment on April 5, 2019. The biography is based on the book The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South by Osha Gray Davidson and shows civil rights activist Ann Atwater, who tried to change the school system during the racist summer of 1971 in Durham. Klux Klan member Claiborne Paul Ellis has to work together. The book and the film are based on a true story.


In 1971, after an electric fire caused a fire at Durham Elementary School, North Carolina, which is attended by African American students, black civil rights activist Ann Atwater has to team up with Ku Klux Klan member CP Ellis to promote the integration of the Advancing students.

Biographical and literary template

The film is based on the 1996 book The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South by Osha Gray Davidson . Atwater and Paul Ellis, whose work is documented, were key figures in the development of their city of Durham in the 1970s . Although it had been nearly 20 years since the Supreme Court ruled segregation in schools unconstitutional, resulting in the 1964 Civil Rights Act , which previously held " Separate but equal, " Durham African Americans were required to comply of the passed federal law fight. In 1971, Atwater was hired by black councilor Bill Riddick to jointly lead a series of community meetings. While Ellis still had a machine gun in his trunk when he first met Atwater because he was afraid of assault, their relationship and ultimately friendship led Ellis to leave the Ku Klux Klan and organize the black and white - Support unions, said Melissa Block of National Public Radio . Ellis died in 2005, Atwater died in 2016.


Taraji P. Henson in May 2018
The Bartow County Courthouse in Cartersville, Georgia served as the backdrop for Durham Elementary School

Directed by Robin Bissell , who also wrote the script and adapted Gray Davidson's book.

Taraji P. Henson , who played NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson in the film Hidden Figures , plays civil rights activist Ann Atwater, which Atwater expressly asked for. Sam Rockwell , who starred in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri in 2017 , in the role of an apparently racist, plays Klu Klux Klan member Claiborne Paul Ellis.

The film music was composed by Marcelo Zarvos .

Filming began in Georgia on May 22, 2017. The Bartow County Courthouse in Cartersville, Georgia served as the backdrop for Durham Elementary School . A restaurant scene was filmed at Ross's Diner in Cartersville, some bar scenes in an American Legion, a building belonging to the state veterans' organization, in Tucker. A fire broke out there in March 2019. David Lanzenberg is the cameraman .

On March 19, 2019, there was a special screening at the Carolina Theater in Durham . This took place as part of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Durham's town charter. Also in attendance were Ann Atwater's granddaughter and long-time friend Mary Waters. The film was released in the United States on April 5, 2019 by STX Entertainment.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Certificate of Approval for The Best of Enemies . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry (PDF; test number: 191433 / V). Template: FSK / maintenance / type not set and Par. 1 longer than 4 characters
  2. ^ Civil-Rights Activist, ex-Klansman CP Ellis. In: National Public Radio, Nov. 8, 2005.
  3. a b c Tameka Nichole: The Best Of Enemies - Durham Special Screening. In:, March 22, 2019.
  4. a b Bory's Kit: Sam Rockwell, Taraji P. Henson Team for True-Life Drama 'The Best of Enemies'. In: The Hollywood Reporter, May 17, 2017.
  5. Marcelo Zarvos to Score Robin Bissell's 'The Best of Enemies'. In:, November 9, 2017.
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