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The Order Of Myths

DIRECTED BY - Margaret Brown

The first Mardi Gras in America was celebrated in Mobile, Alabama in 1703. In 2007, it is still racially segregated. Filmmaker Margaret Brown ("Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt"), herself a daughter of Mobile, escorts us into the parallel hearts of the city's two carnivals. With unprecedented access, she traces the exotic world of secret mystic societies and centuries-old traditions and pageantry; diamond-encrusted crowns, voluminous, hand-sewn gowns, surreal masks and enormour paper mache floats. Against this opulent backdrop, she uncovers a tangled web of historical violence and power dynamic, elusive forces that keep this hallowed tradition organized along enduring color lines.

GENRES - documentary

Film Info

RUNTIME - 97 minutes

RATING - Not Rated

YEAR - 2008

FORMAT - DVD Region 1

COUNTRY - United States

LANGUAGE - English





Margaret Brown

Associate Editor

David Fabelo


"The Order of Myths is a film in which we see the races dealing with each other, in the street and in each others homes. Margaret Brown doesnt present a feel good message about the current state of race affairs; she paints a realistic one ... The Order of Myths is funny, complicated, sad, and visually engaging. It works on many levels and is a true work of art."    --Mike S. Ryan, Hammer To Nail

"A wise and soberly affecting documentary ... As big and richly complex as the United States itself." -- Manhola Dargis, The New York Times

"Brilliant. Heartbreaking. A winner!" -- David Edelstein, New York Magazine

"The kind of illuminating work that sends audiences stumbling home in a wide-eyed state of astonishment. A haunting important documentary." -- S. James Snyder, The New York Sun

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