Order Of Myths, And Prom Night In Mississippi

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Order of Myths came out on DVD last week, so I had Netflix send it over:

It is about Mardi Gras in Mobile - but I noticed in my New York Magazine that came the other day, they said it was about New Orleans - oops!  

Here's the short version: in Mobile, there are "white" krewes and "black" krewes or mystic societies.  But mostly, people just accept it: it's been done that way for years & years & years.  So it comes across as not malicious but just "that's the way it's always been" - on both sides.  

There's one krewe that's integrated - the Conde Explorers - and in the movie, only one white member has decided to join.  You have to think, okay, if people want to stay with others of their own background or experience or culture or whatever, fine, but surely there are people who just want to have a good time, right?  So that seems really strange.

And the "oh NOOOO" moment in the movie comes when there's a 150-year-old connection made between the family of the white and black queens.

((Somebody needs to do a documentary on Africatown, which is close to Mobile and is where the people that came on the Clotilde made their own community and kept their traditional customs.))  

Anyway, the movie overall is pretty good.  And I get the feeling that everyone that watches it will come away with something different.  It's not a movie I would suggest buying, but definitely worth putting on the Netflix queue.  

Here's a pic from Mobile Mardi Gras that I took a couple of years ago.  I think this is from Order of Inca: 

I am *so* looking forward to Mardi Gras this year!  We are members of the Krewe du Mishigas in New Orleans but I don't think we're going to make it because we'll be staying home with the boys...but that doesn't mean we won't be doing all kinds of crazy-fun things here...  


This year's Sundance Film Festival, which is going on right now, has a movie about Mississippi in it, with the same arching theme as 'Order of Myths': a modern-day segregated event.  

This is how it's described on the Sundance site:

In 1997, Academy Award–winning actor Morgan Freeman offered to pay for the senior prom at Charleston High School in Mississippi under one condition: the prom had to be racially integrated. His offer was ignored. In 2008, Freeman offered again. This time the school board accepted, and history was made. 

...already on the Netflix list...

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