The Contradictions of Fair Hope

1 h 7 min201813+
This award-winning film, narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, examines a little known aspect of African American history, when newly freed slaves throughout the South formed benevolent societies to respond to abject hunger, illness and the fear of a pauper's grave. But with time "The Fair Hope Benevolent Society" eventually struggles with a gradual loss of tradition.
S. Epatha MerkersonRockell Metcalf
Whoopi Goldberg
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ImDoingMeYouCanDoYouReviewed in the United States on February 3, 2019
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As a black woman in America when you hear Black History, the first person you hear about Dr MLK, or Rosa Parks.....this doc is refreshingly different because it is about a part of history that is largely unheard of; the Benevolent Societies, the caring for the sick and the burying of the dead....refreshingly unique.....if you want a totally different perspective on Black History you will appreciate this movie....excellent! :)
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AuroraReviewed in the United States on July 6, 2019
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Another Piece of Black History
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I'm grateful to the producer and directors of this film for capturing this history for the benefit of the whole. The film reveals the paradoxes of existence where poverty intersects morality. Some of the very folks complaining about the demise of the organization are responsible for its downfall. May the purpose of the organization be revived and grow to benefit new generations in the Uniontown community.
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sulaiman hassanReviewed in the United States on August 6, 2021
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I'm shocked!
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This documentary exposes the bad side of human nature. My family is from Fairhope I would never thought that kind of wild behavior would be happening there. It's an excellent documentary I encourage all to watch it.
JazzFan1223Reviewed in the United States on March 30, 2015
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A Must See!
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I was surprised that I had not heard of this documentary but was glad that I saw it, yet in the end was sad. In my opinion, this documentary somewhat sums up the connection between civil rights movement and its 21st century descendants. African Americans have made great strides as a result but as with the characters in this documentary, future generations were left to their own devices and there appears at times to be no link to the past. The elder descendants of the Society were clueless and stuck in a time long ago and those who changed the name to "Foot Wash" are delusional of the past and pawns in a capitalistic society. This documentary should be a must see for both generations. It might generate dialogue that would be helpful to both.
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KnekholReviewed in the United States on December 3, 2019
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The history and Knowledge
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Sidney! This is your late first lady (Betty Fisher) daughter, Diana. How are you? I was pleasantly surprised and truly blessed watching this film, and enjoyed you and your conversation throughout!
Take care, and blessings and love to you always!
KringlesReviewed in the United States on August 28, 2021
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Mid Blowing
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So sad to see how the world conducts itself
AReviewed in the United States on April 30, 2019
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Very informative and interesting
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I had this film in my Watch List for quite some time but kept skipping over it, thinking it would just rehash what I already knew about the topic but was pleasantly surprised to get a lesson regarding Benevolent Societies and what the Fair Hope annual celebration has disappointingly turned into. Good luck to the members of the community and their organization.
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AmazonCustomerReviewed in the United States on November 2, 2019
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Interesting, Balanced Documentary
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An interesting documentary about pooling resources. If it were longer, I would've liked to see some of those generational relationships explored. I suspect that many of the younger people participating in the Foot Wash gathering have connections to Fair Hope members. Why don't they feel entitled to or welcomed into Fair Hope gatherings? Both sides have something to offer one another.
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