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Small Axe Series Mangrove (R) ★★★★

By February 28, 2021March 2nd, 2021Backstage Pass

Letitia Wright as Altheia Jones-LeCointe (center, in dark blue shirt) and Malachi Kirby as Darcus Howe (center, holding megaphone) in ‘Mangrove’ Des Willie/Amazon Prime Video

Hi Carl, many of us know of our racial history here in the United States. The movie “Mangrove” centers on the racial discrimination in London’s Notting Hill area in the 70s. It is a terrific two-hour film that’s part of the “Small Axe” series.

Small axe refers to an African proverb that means:

‘Together we are Strong,’ and is based on a true story. Frank (Shaun Parkes) is the owner of Notting Hill’s Caribbean restaurant, Mangrove. The restaurant is a lively community base for locals. Although there is one big problem, the racist local police continually raid Mangrove. Frank and the community decided to protest peacefully in 1970.

Nine men and women, including Frank and leader of the
British Black Panther Movement played by (Letitia
Wright), are illegally arrested in a highly publicized trial that changes the laws for the better.

The director is Steve McQueen; he based the story on his upbringing in London’s West Indian neighborhood.

The Bottom-line: I’m way in four stars out of four; the historically true information is one reason to see this film. Although, for sure, the film represents a celebration of food, family, community, and togetherness. The acting, cinematography, and script are all excellent. “Small Axe” is streaming now on Amazon Prime.

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