BFFC Film of the Week: Mudbound

This week on Bad Feminist Film Club: Mudbound (2017), dir. DEE REES.

As we announced a few weeks ago, this season we’re focusing on female directors, particularly female directors of color, in an effort to educate ourselves and our listeners on the diverse array of women creating cinema today.

This week, BFFC will be watching Mudbound by Dee Rees. Based on the book by Hillary Jordan, the movie centers on two World War II veterans, one black and one white, as they return back home to Jim Crow-era Mississippi. The movie focuses on racism and class struggle, as well as how PTSD affects these men. The movie stars Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, and Mary J. Blige.

Another notable feature of this film is that it was released exclusively on Netflix, with a extremely limited release in theaters. As part of our episode we’ll discuss Netflix’s promotion of the film, as well as the success of this style of release vs. a traditional theater release.

Prior to Mudbound, Dee Rees wrote and directed Pariah (2011) and TV movie Bessie (2015). She is currently slated to write and direct An Uncivil War, a drama about the life of feminist Gloria Steinem.

We invite you to watch Mudbound on Netflix and listen to our discussion from Episode 26

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