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Times Like Deese

Director: Maarten Schmidt, Thomas Doebele
With the blues as their barometer, the filmmakers gauge the mood among young and old black musicians in, where else, the Mississippi Delta after the election of the first black president of the United States.

On the occasion of the election of the first black president of the United States, filmmakers Thomas Doebele and Maarten Schmidt travel to the Mississippi Delta to assess the mood among the black population. What reverberates in their unforgettable blues - and in their modern raps and hip-hop? Are they still exultant or does disappointment prevail? The film does not feature the big blues stars, but simple musicians, performing in basements or on unpopular stages. Their songs recount how they fought the battle for equal rights, how they toiled away on the cotton fields, how they fought in wars in Vietnam and Afghanistan and how in the current crisis their youngsters still lack a bright future. The older generation is more optimistic than the younger one. A young rapper cynically sings: ‘The president is black, but the plan stays the same.’ But the elderly blind Morris Cummings, who knows how young the past is, keeps cherishing hope for his children and grandchildren: ‘Mr. Obama, please don’t give up on the dream.’

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VPRO TV
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Stichting Zig/Zag
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VPRO TV
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Mokum Filmdistributie
Title: Times Like Deese
Year: 2011
Duration : 1 hour, 28 minutes
Category: Long Documentary
Edition: NFF 2011

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