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In 1957, black lawyer John Williams has to defend his nephew Charlie, who is accused of strangling a white boy to death. John doesn't believe Charlie did it, and although Charlie confesses, John wants to find out the real truth. Written byAnonymous
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I imagine that Blind Faith was blocked from mass circulation. It's not
because it was made for TV or bad acting, directing or film-making. It
may have been blocked due to its highly charged content. It says that
black family members choose to relate to white world in different ways
that may generate conflict within our families. How this theme was
handled by writer, Frank Military, and director, Ernest R. Dickerson
reveals a side of black life too incendiary to be popularized.
The title refers to how some blacks so believe in white definitions of
what's good, pure and noble that we strive for that to our own
detriment. Few films explore this theme and this one does so in ways
that threatens global racial hegemony. How would blacks change if they
could see themselves divided by racial sentiments derived from
hegemonic white culture? Many would not be comfortable with such
An eighteen year old youth is charged with murdering a white youth. One
presumes racial injustice will emerge but the story takes a different
turn. Initially produced for Showtime television, it enjoyed a limited
theatrical run in 1998, but no one I know has ever heard of Blind
Faith. Still, it impressively was nominated for several Independent
Spirit Awards and should have won many, but such films rarely win
awards. I may not have seen it had I not been flipping cable TV
channels, and landed on the Sundance station. Oh, what a lucky flip
Dramatic acting and directing are superb, despite a made-for-TV format
stamping its sketchily structured mark on this film. An intimate black
cultural presence is evoked through well selected casting with
portrayals by some of America's best and most popular actors like
Charles Dutton, Lonette McKee, Kadeem Hardison, and featuring Courtney
B. Vance, as defense attorney and narrator, who recently appears with
Denzel Washington in The Preacher' s Wife. There are great performances
by Joel Gordon and Garland Whitt who play the most controversial roles.
Notable were highly credible European American roles played by Dan
Lett, Aron Tager, Shawn Lawrence and Peter MacNeill. Add to this
volatile mix the savvy subtly of a director like Dickerson. He's paid
his cinematic dues with John Sayles on The Brother From Another Planet
and with Spike Lee on six of his projects including Malcolm X. Such hot
cultural credentials would have drawn a huge black audience had the
film been properly promoted and distributed.
The trial of Charles Williams Jr. occurs during the fight for black
liberty prior to the Civil Rights movement when our only hope was the
diligent genius of a few black lawyers. Black men were supposed to know
their place or pay the penalty of death for actual or imagined crimes
against whites. One anticipates the usual lynching, but is stunned as
the plot reveals why a black boy and his people face a murder charge.
Less about the boy's trial and more about three brothers, one of whom,
Charles Williams (Charles Dutton), is the boy's father, the central
focus of racially gendered tension is established between the boy's
father and uncle who is his lawyer. Both the tension and action
emanating from estranged brothers throws them into a conflict that
opens wounds, thereby offering a chance at reunion and redemption. Will
an opportune healing be achieved?
The film's answer is not revealed. Many will shudder at its capacity to
demonstrate how black men can succeed and fail in their racially
plagued quest for humanity when white world robs them daily of their
masculine self-esteem. For that reason alone, the loss of this film to
the masses is a great one and one needs no conspiracy theory to explain
how films like this, and similar ones, like Sankofa, by Haile Gerima,
routinely are not selected for mass circulation. This happens because
blacks may now enjoy access to the media, but ultimately, whitened
people almost unilaterally decide what will be circulated and promoted.
(See my essay, No Black Public Sphere in White Public Space,
Transforming Anthropology. 8(1&2): 111-128).
Among those who overlooked it, Blind Faith may have been too blatantly
honest about the harsh effect of racism on black families or too clear
about the racism-driven rise of homophobia in the black community.
Black responses to sexual minorities typically are formulated on the
white side and in anti-black terms: being a sexual minority in the
heterosexual black community is often seen as undermining black
struggles against racism. Despite the incredible work of Marlon Riggs
whose last film, Black Is...Black Ain't explored how black sexual and
gender minorities are grounded in black cultural idioms and commitment,
and yet even among those who love them most, such blacks generally are
considered to be shamefully and dangerously playing into the white
Another theme is that despite success, a black man's achievement of
whiteness can be impugned by his association with so-called deviants.
But the film does not stop there; it crashes forward by questioning
black masculinity. The triumph of love among black men secures no
victory over evil, however. Evil is not displaced onto whites, most who
behave as friends or allies in this film. Evil is located within the
black family and operates within self-denigrating spaces mapped out by
the failure of black love and affiliation. But locating evil in black
families is not done to blame the victim. Rather, it makes us reflect
on our taken for granted embodiment of racism. We are compelled to
notice how we aim to change ourselves in vain efforts to live as whites
would have us to live. Accommodating the imposed standards of whiteness
in ways preferable to European Americans is often not accomplished
without paying the price of one's soul. Exploration of evil is
accomplished without anyone standing on a soap-box. Blind Faith's
dramatic quality, passionate intensity and analytical depth reminds me
of a comparable film: Karim Ainouz's Madame Satã (2002), another 'must
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In a way, it is easy to see why a film like Blind Faith was lost in
the shuffle; a period piece with an all Black cast that deals with
racism. On the other hand, it's hard to imagine why no one has heard of
a film this good. It was directed by Ernest Dickerson, long time
cinematographer for Spike Lee, and it stars recognizable names, Charles
S. Dutton, Courtney B. Vance, Kadeem Hardison and Lonette McKee.
The film was produced for Showtime television, had a very limited
theatrical run in 1998 and was nominated for several Independent Spirit
Awards. I didn't see the film until 1999, when it played at a Film
Festival in St. Louis. When I read the cast list and saw who directed
it, my jaw dropped. How had this film escaped my radar? I was even
further shocked when I saw it. It is (along with Being John Malkovich
and Boys Don't Cry) one of the three best films I've seen in 1999 and
one of the most powerful films I've seen since Uli Edel's Last Exit to
Brooklyn, ten years ago.
The film is the story of a young Black boy named Charles Jr., a cop's
son, accused of murdering a young white boy in civil rights era New
York City. He confesses to the crime and refuses to do anything in his
own defense, which his uncle John, who is also his lawyer, can't
understand. The boy has no history of violence or crime and was
basically a quiet unassuming kid.In spite of the lack of cooperation
from Charles Jr., John mounts a defense, even though the prosecution
seems to have an open and shut case and is pushing for the death
penalty. To give away more would be as big a crime as revealing the
plot twists at the climax of The Sixth Sense or Fight Club.
What makes this film so great is its subtlety and its realism. The
Black characters are not saints and the white characters are not
demons. Movies like this tend to sacrifice their power to
sentimentality by making the minority characters into martyrs and
heroes that are beyond reproach. Also, this film makes us like the
white characters, so that when their racism finally shows, it is all
the more shocking.Frank Military's script pulls off the difficult task
of making us care about a story we think we've seen before, and then
lets us know that we haven't seen it before. This film is so much more
powerful than preachy, Hollywood stuff, like Ghosts of Mississippi,
that it eclipses those films completely. This is a hard hitting story
of race and justice that all Americans need to see.
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IMDb Review 3:
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I saw this film today never having heard about it before. What a gift
to have found it. That being said, I decided to look up some additional
info about it's background and cast. I came across this message board
and felt compelled to comment.
While this is on the surface a racial, sexual orientation, legal drama
I found it to be much more universal than that. I am a married white
heterosexual woman and the theme that I came away with is how
destructive negativity and hatred are and how beautiful love and
acceptance can be on every level. Negativity and hatred affect us all
from a soul level right to our global community. While love and
positivity has the opposite profound ability to bring warmth and light
into our lives.
I was so moved by the end of the film and the narrators last words
about living a life dedicated to change. After the recent loss of my
own son I too now live a life full of purpose. That purpose being to
bring about a change of love and positivity to my own life and those
within the greater community. Change on the grand scale is a slow
process because belief comes from experience and patience is a
requirement. But,once one feels the effects of such a change it is our
greatest desire to highlight and make obvious the powers of love,
acceptance and positive action for each and every soul on our planet
regardless of our differences.
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