Baltimore Rising: HBO Documentary Chronicles A City Trying To Heal After Freddie Gray’s Death | Essence When Freddie Gray died in police custody in April 2015, Baltimore was thrust into the glare of a harsh spotlight.

When Freddie Gray died in police custody in April 2015, Baltimore was thrust into the glare of a harsh spotlight.

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Dee Rees wanted to make ‘an old-fashioned movie’ and ended up with an Oscar contender | The Washington Post At the Middleburg Film Festival in October, the director Dee Rees had tears in her eyes. Her movie “Mudbound” had just brought a packed ballroom to its feet and, even though she had been on tour for several weeks with the film — a sprawling historical drama about two families, one African American, one white, working a hardscrabble patch of land in the American South — she was clearly overcome.

At the Middleburg Film Festival in October, the director Dee Rees had tears in her eyes. Her movie “Mudbound” had just brought a packed ballroom to its feet and, even though she had been on tour for several weeks with the film — a sprawling historical drama about two families, one African American, one white, working a hardscrabble patch of land in the American South — she was clearly overcome.

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