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Mississippi Damned

Mississippi Damned
File:Mississippi Damned Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Tina Mabry
Produced by Lee V. Stiff
Morgan R. Stiff
Screenplay by Tina Mabry
Starring Adam Clark
Malcolm Goodwin
Michael Hyatt
Music by Ryan Adison Amen
Cinematography Bradford Young
Edited by Morgan R. Stiff
Morgan's Mark
Release dates
Running time
120 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Mississippi Damned is a 2009 American drama film directed by Tina Mabry. The drama features Adam Clark, Malcolm Goodwin and Michael Hyatt. The film was written and directed by Tina Mabry, based on her life growing up in Tupelo, Mississippi.[1][2]


A trio of impoverished children living in rural Mississippi find that they must make a heart-wrenching decision between traveling down the paths taken by their doomed families and confronting the harsh realities that arise over time.



Critical response

When the film was screened at the NewFest film festival in New York City, Variety film critic Ronnie Scheib, praised the film, writing, "For the black men, women and children in Mississippi Damned, Tina Mabry's autobiographical saga of intertwined destinies, that southern state epitomizes a domestic hell of borderline poverty and endemic abuse. Complex family trees sometimes make for tough narrative sledding, but the thicket of obligations, traumas and betrayals that entrap the 'damned' here are well worth any momentary confusion. Mabry brilliantly captures a community as organic as it is dead-end, and the tortured legacy behind simplistic notions of ever escaping it. The NewFest audience award-winner demands strong critical support to overcome its downbeat subject matter and lack of a star draw."[3]

The Philadelphia Inquirer film critic, Steven Rea, lauded the actors, writing, "Kelley (Walt Lloyd in Lost), Jasmin Burke and Jossie Thacker are among the busy ensemble whose exceptionally fine performances elevate what could have been a pile-it-on melodrama into something deeper and more unsettling."[4]




  1. ^ Mississippi Damned at the Internet Movie Database.
  2. ^ Stanton, John. StarNews On-Line, "There are some 'Damned' fine filmmakers at Cucalorus," November 13, 2009. Last accessed: February 23, 2011.
  3. ^ Variety film review, June 23, 2009. Last accessed: February 23, 2011.
  4. ^ Rea, Steven. The Philadelphia Inquirer, film review, April 01, 2009. Accessed: August 1, 2013.

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