The Best of Enemies Family Viewing Guidance
All families of DPS 6th-12th graders to access a virtual screening of The Best of Enemies. The film is based on true events from Durham in 1971, and is rated PG-13.
Families may watch “Best of Enemies” together with their young children. There are positive role models and messages throughout the film, but there is mild violence, racist language, adult themes, and a suggestive reference.
For More information see the Common Sense Media The Best of Enemies Movie Review
Timestamps for events which may trigger strong viewer reactions:
Racist language and use of the "N" word is used at many points throughout the movie.
@10 minutes- KKK members shot up a woman's house because she has a Black boyfriend.
@51 minutes- C.P. Ellis gets gun out of car trunk, loads it, and states that sometimes it does the talking for him.
@52 minutes- KKK robes and propaganda are set up in the hall of the school where the community charette is being held. There are some tense moments between KKK Youth Corps members and black youths in the hallway. Ann Atwater lectures black youths about destroying KKK materials and places the KKK hood back on the mannequin.
@1 hour and 31 minutes- KKK members threaten a woman and sexual assault is suggested but not seen on the screen.
Parent Resources for Talking About Race & Racism with Children
Guidance for Viewing with Elementary Age StudentsThe following information and resources may help navigate viewing and discussing the movie with your elementary-aged children if you decide to include them in the viewing.
Related Readings Available Online for Elementary Students
Guidance for Critcal Viewing with Secondary StudentsThe following information and resources may support critical conversations about the movie, the history on which it is based, and what those mean to your child.
Related Readings Available Online for Secondary Students
All 6th-12th grade students have access to an online digital library of over 2000 texts in our secondary core literacy curriculum, StudySync. Students can search the library using keywords, authors, and specific titles. The titles below are a sampling of literature, informational texts, and poems by African American authors related to content, themes, and ideas in the film The Best of Enemies.
Directions for to log in to StudySync are available HERE.