Deacons for Defense

Deacons for Defense (2003)

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 2003-01-01
  • User Rating: 5.3/10 from 5 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 35min
  • Language: English
  • Production Country: United States of America
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Inspired by a true story, this drama is set in 1965, not long after passage of the Civil Rights Act. Despite the Act, the African-American citizens of Bogalusa are still treated like third-class citizens, their fundamental rights as human beings persistently trampled by the white power structure, in general, and the local branch of the KKK. The story follows the formation of local black men, particularly ex-war veterans who after the struggles become too overbearing organizes the group, "Deacons for defense", an all-black defense group dedicated to patrolling the black section of town and protecting its residents from the more violent aspects of "white backlash."

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    Editing Harry Keramidas Editor
    Directing Bill Duke Director
    Production Stephanie Gorin Casting
    Sound Michel Colombier Music
    Writing Frank Military Writer
    Writing Richard Wesley Writer
    Camera Ron Stannett Director of Photography
    Art Peter Emmink Production Design
    Production Nick Grillo Producer
    Costume & Make-Up Tamara Winston Costume Design
    Directing Gretchen Helbig Script Supervisor