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Best of Enemies is a wonderfully humane testament to the power of determination and kindness to change human hearts. I had the opportunity to attend a screening for the film starring Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell as, respectively, a civil rights activist and a Ku Klux Klan leader pushed to co-chair a citizen committee tasked with voting on a pressing school integration issue in 1971 Durham, North Carolina, in 1971. What sounds like a Saturday Night Live send-up of the whole Green Book genre turns out to be a very film. Both Henson and Rockwell nail their roles and, with the help of a strong script, somehow make a potential Odd Couple parody (Can a black activist and leader of the Ku Klux Klan share a committee without driving each other crazy?) totally believable. You will believe that a man can have his heart changed and that two people who start out with two incompatible world views can become friends. The fact that it’s a true story helps. Highly recommended.

 

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