The Best of Enemies — Official Trailer


added: Thu, Oct 11th '18

Golden Globe-winner Taraji P. Henson (Empire) and Oscar-winner Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards...) are caught up in a battle over school desegregation in the first official trailer for the historical civil rights drama "The Best of Enemies."

Based on Osha Gray Davidson's acclaimed book of the same name, the film tells the incredible true story of how out-spoken civil rights activist Ann Atwater (Henson) stood up against the Ku Klux Klan and fought to desegregate the schools in Durham, North Carolina during the racially-charged summer of 1971.

The drama is also chronicling Atwater's unlikely relationship with C.P. Ellis (Rockwell), a local KKK community leader who initially was against the racial integration of public schools but ultimately had a change of heart after he found common ground with Atwater during a tense 10-day city council summit.

Ellis would eventually renounce his leadership of the Klan, as he begun to fight for desegregation in North Carolina, due to his new friendship with Atwater.

In addition to Henson and Rockwell, the film also stars Babou Ceesay (TV's Into the Badlands), Anne Heche (TV's Hung), and Bruce McGill (TV's Rizzoli & Isles).

Film producer Robin Bissell (Seabiscuit, The Hunger Games, Free State of Jones) is making his directorial debut from his own adapted screenplay.

"The Best of Enemies" is due to be released in theaters on April 5, 2019.

Based on a true story, THE BEST OF ENEMIES centers on the unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater (Henson), an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis (Rockwell), a local Ku Klux Klan leader who reluctantly co-chaired a community summit, battling over the desegregation of schools in Durham, North Carolina during the racially-charged summer of 1971. The incredible events that unfolded would change Durham and the lives of Atwater and Ellis forever.


directed by   Robin Bissell

starring   Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell, Babou Ceesay, Anne Heche, Bruce McGill, Wes Bentley, John Gallagher Jr., Sope Aluko, Nick Searcy, Caitlin Mehner, Nadej K. Bailey

release date   April 5, 2019

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