The intentions are unassailable: to dramatize a forgotten injustice and sear it into contemporary memory so it's never allowed to happen again. But the movie is long and didactic, undermined by the faintly pious air of an educational slide show.
Central Florida, 1923: Rosewood is an isolated, relatively prosperous African-American town coexisting uneasily with its nearest neighbor, impoverished and largely white Sumner. Three simultaneous events shatter the fragile peace. A black convict escapes from a nearby chain gang. A self-assured
black veteran, portentously named Mann (Ving Rhames), arrives in Rosewood. And a white Sumner woman (Catherine Kellner) claims she ...