The Best of Enemies


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I STOP FIGHTING

WHEN THERE AIN’T NOTHING

LEFT TO FIGHT FOR.


POWERHOUSE

CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST


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THE SAME GOD

MADE YOU,

MADE ME.



1971


DURHAM


NORTH CAROLINA


A COMMUNITY
DIVIDED


17 years after the landmark 1954 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, school in Durham, North Carolina remained segregated.
All that changed with a fire.


THE PUBLIC
SCHOOL CHARRETTE


The council called for a 'charrette' - an intense forum, organized by Bill Riddick, to bring the community together to discuss public school integration, in an attempt to identify problems and formulate solutions.



TWO WORLDS
COLLIDE


Ann Atwater and C.P. Ellis were called to co-chair the charrette, as they each represented sides of the community with deep-rooted differences.

ACADEMY AWARD® WINNER

SAM ROCKWELL


C.P.


ELLIS


KLAN LEADER

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FOLKS IN THIS TOWN

LIKE THINGS THE WAY

THEY ARE.



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ALL THE BETTER

IF YOU DON’T

GET IN MY WAY.



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WELL, I’M GOING

TO GET

IN YOUR WAY.


MAKING A

CONNECTION


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IN THEIR OWN WORDS


Footage courtesy of the award-winning documentary AN UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIP.

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ANN ATWATER

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C.P. ELLIS

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IT WAS TIME
 FOR CHANGE


Two people starting from as far apart as it's possible to be, Ann Atwater and C.P. Ellis were expected to battle each other across the racial divide. However, the intense 10-day meeting showed how much they actually had in common - a life of similar struggles through poverty. Both oppressed, both from poor upbringings and both facing similar challenges with their children. What started as a story about people who represented completely opposing views, ended in an unlikely friendship and a bond that would change their lives, and the entire community, forever.

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THE Synopsis

THE BEST OF ENEMIES is a timely drama starring Academy Award® nominee Taraji P. Henson (Hidden Figures) and Academy Award® winner Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri). Based on a true story, THE BEST OF ENEMIES centers on the unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater (Henson), an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis (Rockwell), a local Ku Klux Klan leader who reluctantly co-chaired a community summit, battling over the desegregation of schools in Durham, North Carolina during the racially-charged summer of 1971. The incredible events that unfolded would change Durham and the lives of Atwater and Ellis forever.

THE Cast & Crew

Directed by

  • Robin Bissell

Starring

  • Taraji P. Henson
  • Sam Rockwell
  • Babou Ceesay
  • Anne Heche
  • Wes Bentley
  • Nick Searcy
  • John Gallagher Jr
  • Bruce McGil

Written by

  • Written by Robin Bissell. inspired by the book
  • “The Best of Enemies”
  • by Osha Gray Davidson

Produced by

  • Danny Strong
  • Fred Bernstein
  • Matt Berenson
  • Robin Bissell
  • Dominique Telson
  • Tobey Maguire
  • Matthew Plouffe

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