ORDER OF MYTHS

V'08

THE ORDER OF MYTHS

Margaret Brown
USA, 2008
Documentaries, 80min, OF

THE ORDER OF MYTHS

Margaret Brown
USA, 2008
Documentaries, 80min, OF

Screenplay: 
Margaret Brown
Camera: 
Michael Simmonds
Editor: 
Michael Taylor
Geoffrey Richman
Margaret Brown

Production: 
Folly River Films 210 Douglass Street Brooklyn, NY 11217, USA T 718 852 2495 rakefilms@earthlink.net
World Sales: 
Cinema Guild 15 West 30th Street, Suite 800 New York, NY 10001, USA T 212 685 6242 info@cinemaguild.com
Format: 
Video (Digi Beta)
Color

There's nothing post-race about the closely orbiting worlds depicted in The Order of Myths, Margaret Brown's wise and soberly affecting documentary about the separate but unequal Mardi Gras festivities that take place each year in Mobile, Alabama. Though the city's Web site discreetly sidesteps the issue, this Mardi Gras, the oldest in the country - probably inaugurated by soused French settlers in 1703 - is almost entirely segregated between the children of slave owners and the children of slaves, whose celebrations, coronations, parades and pleasures are as divided as are their views on race. (...) Brown has traveled into Mobile's slave-trading past and taken the unquiet pulse of its current race relations, going wide and surprisingly deep. With the aid of a handful of essential Mardi Gras players - notably the 2007 white king and queen and their equally engaged black counterparts - she has observed the costume fittings, a wine tasting, some party toasting. Eschewing voice-over or any obvious trace of an on-screen or off-screen presence, she lets her images, a little text and other people do the talking for her. Her quiet has its own force. (Manohla Dargis)