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Mississippi Burning (1988)

March 28 - March 29

March 28
March 29

Thu Mar 28 at 7 PM
Fri Mar 29 at 2 PM

Lincoln Theater is pleased to present “Mississippi Burning,” the second film in a new film series – SCREEN THOUGHTS, presented by host, Christine Merser. This first season will focus on America’s Racial Struggles on the Screen. Christine will present a fifteen-minute introduction to each film, which will not give anything away, but give you some insight as to what to note along the way. After the film, she will lead a discussion around the historical context, how the film affected the public when it was released, and in some cases, it’s continued value for society.

For more info on the entire series, and to buy series subscriptions (all 4 films for the price of 3) click here!

When a group of civil rights workers goes missing in a small Mississippi town, FBI agents Alan Ward (Willem Dafoe) and Rupert Anderson (Gene Hackman) are sent in to investigate. Local authorities refuse to cooperate with them, and the African American community is afraid to, precipitating a clash between the two agents over strategy. As the situation becomes more volatile, the direct approach is abandoned in favor of more aggressive, hard-line tactics.

Running Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes

Mississippi Burning is a powerful film released in 1988, directed by Alan Parker. Set in 1964 Mississippi during the Civil Rights Movement, it addresses the deeply entrenched racism and systemic injustice faced by African Americans. The story follows two FBI agents, played by Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe, who are dispatched to investigate the disappearance of three civil rights activists. As they delve into the case, they confront the Ku Klux Klan and a town deeply divided along racial lines. The film highlights the struggle for equality, the defiance of segregation, and the violent resistance faced by those fighting for civil rights. “Mississippi Burning” explores the complex and harrowing reality of racial prejudice, shining a light on the atrocities committed during that era and emphasizing the importance of justice and equality.” – Christine Merser

Christine Merser, a writer and recent Maine replant, has been a film reviewer for Screen Thoughts for the last ten years. Rated four stars and recently obtained by Spotify as one of their podcast series, Screen Thoughts houses her podcasts with other reviewers from the industry, as well written reviews . “I think that we humans are cemented in our point of view around explosive issues. Stories can change hearts and minds, especially when they are viewed in the darkened theater, without pushing their way into your point of view in a debate over dinner. I love going to the movies.”

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