Mississippi Burning Essay

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Mississippi Burning

Mississippi is one of the United States of America. Situated in
Southern America, across the river from Alabama, this state was the
setting for one of the biggest civil rights cases in American history,
and hence was also the setting for the 1988 film "Mississippi
Burning," based roughly on a true story in 1964, "When America was at
war with itself." Alan Parker, the director of this film, uses
artistic medium to portray many concerns, including racism, courage,
and justice. This essay will discuss racism while looking at the
artistic medium used to help emphasize this prominent concern.

"Mississippi Burning," was primarily about racism, and consequently
was the greatest concern in the film, which was portrayed very
skilfully by Parker, using artistic medium. The opening scene set up
this racial segregation by having two different drinking taps; one for
the whites and the other for the coloured. Looking very carefully it
can be noted that the whites water it filtered and refrigerated, while
the coloured tap is just normal, but looking even closer it can be
seen that the water comes from the same pipe. In this scene a white
man drinks from his tap first followed by a young coloured boy
drinking from his tap. This scene it very significant because it sets
up the film, sending a message the film is about segregation, but also
sends the message that all men a created equal with the use of the
singular pipe connected to both drinking taps. It also portrayed the
message that young coloured children are taught they are inferior from
a young age. It then cuts straight into flames of a burning building,
which we later find to be a black church, and headed, in bold white
writing. Using this scene, Parker was able to set up the film for the
viewer and send a strong message of what was going to happen in the
film. Playing black gospel music in the background Parker displayed an
intense sense of contrast as the camera panned through the intensely
burning debris of a black church. This is very symbolic because black
churches were the head of many black civil rights movements, and
especially used by Martin Luther King. The burning may also represent
people's emotions in the film, symbolising the burning of idealism,
hope, bigotry, depression or even hate. It could even be a
representation of the intense characters displayed in the film.

As before mentioned the film was for the most part about racism, and
they were able to make this story as believable as possible by making
it a fictionalisation of a true story. The director structured it like
a mystery thriller to make it more entertaining for the view, but
basing it on a true story gave the film some substance and background
which the viewer was able to relate to. Most people who view the film
were probably aware of the...

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