The Royal Bank of Canada’s Gala Premiere is a film directed by Dee Rees. It is a searing racial drama about two families, one white and one black, set in the deep South of America in the 1940’s.

The film is an adaptation of Hillary Jordan’s novel, Mudbound, and tests the friendship of two Second World War veterans. Rees skillfully draws the tale of two families and their struggle through racial tensions, bigotry and intolerance. He delivers the message that this serves no one with fresh relevance considering the rise of far right in America.

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