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The Order of Myths (2008)

  • Director: Margaret Brown
  • Genre(s): Documentary
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 97 min.

This new quarterly series showcases the “essential” films everyone should see on the big screen. For each month-long program, we’ll screen five films organized by one of the following themes: directors, actors, genres, and eras/movements.

Essential tickets are $9 for Adults, $8 for Students/Seniors and Members get in Free!

The first Mardi Gras in America was celebrated in Mobile, Alabama in 1703. In 2008, it is still racially segregated. A fascinating investigation into our nation’s history and traditions, this acclaimed, award-winning documentary illuminates the complexities of race relations in 21st century America. [The Cinema Guild]

"Smartly edited, utterly engrossing, and as intelligent an examination of American race relations as I've seen."
- Pete Vonder Haar, Film Threat
"Quietly shocking, The Order of Myths is a deft, engrossing cross-section of Mobile life, heavy on local color and insight."
- Vadim Rizov, Village Voice
"An invaluable portrait of us-and-them America, a smart, generous, poignant, quietly disturbing movie about secrecy and hospitality."
- Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"A well-constructed documentary about a surprising remnant of segregation in the new South, The Order of Myths gracefully explores Mobile's Mardi Gras celebrations and profiles the young people playing at royalty at these ceremonies' hearts."
- Dan Kois, Washington Post
"On both sides of the Mobile Mardi Gras divide, people seem to be edging toward a desire for reconciliation, but there remain significant differences about what that might entail."
- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"Brown explores a potentially enraging subject--rigidly upheld racial segregation in the country's oldest Mardi Gras celebration, in Mobile, Alabama--but her touch is so unforced and her gaze so open that no one is bruised."
- David Edelstein, New York Magazine (Vulture)

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