Director Dee Rees arrived with a burst of energy and vision with her debut feature Pariah in 2011. With Mudbound, she delivers an epic narrative of American trauma and resilience, told with an intimate touch. Set in the aftermath of World War II in rural Mississippi, the film focuses on two families (one white and one black), each fighting for a dignified, fulfilled life. If even today we seem stuck in a cycle of progress impeded by unaddressed racial injustice, Rees and her remarkable cast (including Jason Mitchell, Mary J. Blige, Carey Mulligan, and Garret Hedlund) offer a powerful portrait of personal struggle and unlikely alliances that provide some hope of a better future.
A Q&A with director Dee Rees and actors Mary J. Blige,Jason Mitchell, and Garrett Hedlund follows the screening.
Mudbound. 2017. USA. Directed by Dee Rees. DCP courtesy of Netflix. 134 min.
This film program is organized by Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, and Sean Egan, producer, film exhibitions and projects, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
The Hammer Museum’s presentation is made possible by The Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.
Media sponsorship is provided by The Hollywood Reporter. Additional media support is provided by Time Out L.A.