Rosewood

Rosewood

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The true story of the 1923 razing of a black town in Florida, many of its people murdered over a lie. But some escaped and survived because of the courage and compassion of a few extraordinary people.

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lukasevansherman
Aug 14, 2017

Is John Singleton the black Orson Welles? They have nothing in common in terms of style or themes, but both were young directors who started their careers with movies that would define them. Singleton debuted with 1991's "Boyz n the Hood," which earned him a nomination for best director. He was (and remains) the youngest nominee for director and was the first black director nominated. He struggled to match the success of "Boyz" with his next few films, "Poetic Justice" and "Higher Learning," and his more recent films have been rather anonymous action movies like "2 Fast 2 Furious." This 1997 film never really found an audience, but is one of his more interesting films. Based on what should be a better known historical event (The burning of a black town when a white woman falsely accuses a black man of rape.), "Rosewood" is intense, angry, and well-acted, with a cast including Ving Rhames, Don Cheadle, Michael Rooker, and Jon Voight. I hope this gets re-released at some point with a documentary about the incident. Given recent events, this hardly feels like history.

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akirakato
Jun 20, 2014

This is a 1997 film directed by John Singleton.
While based on historic events of the 1923 Rosewood massacre in Florida, the film introduces fictional characters and changes from historic accounts.
It is January 1, 1923.
In Rosewood, which is a largely black town built on family, faith and hardwork, hopes for the new year abruptly end.
In 1993, 70 years after the massacre, the Florida House of Representatives granted reparations to he Rosewood families, spearheaded by Philomena's son, Armett Doctor.
The success of the case was due largely to the sworn testimony of several survivors, who were children at the time of the events, and to the deposition of one white citizen who testified on behalf of the victims.
The official death toll of the Rosewood massacre, according to the state of Florida, is eight---two whites and six blacks.
The survivors, a handful of whom are still alive today, place the number anywhere between 40 and 150, nearly all of them African American.
This film is a really shocking and thought-provoking docu-drama.

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mlcote59
Aug 08, 2013

This movie is something that alot of generation may have not know the story happen in Rosewood,
Its very distrubing movie unless anyone who can handle themselves than drawning into depression.
Its not good for children to watch it.

lasertravis Feb 03, 2012

Well acted, disturbing movie about a racially motivated attack on a primarily black town. The action and violence is graphic. As a period piece (takes place in the 20's) it excels as well, with the setting being very realistic. Based on a actual events, which makes it even more horrific.

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