10 Under-the-Radar Tribeca Films You Have to See

Booker’s Place

Filmmaker Raymond De Felitta goes back to Mississippi, 1967, where his father Frank (an NBC News documentarian) shot a film called Mississippi: A Self Portrait. In that film, Frank interviewed a man named Booker Wright, a waiter at an all-white restaurant in Greenwood, Mississippi, and his interview stood in stark contrast to everyone else in the film, because he told the tragic truth about the state of race relations in the South. Here, the younger De Felitta examines the story of Booker Wright from several angles: by looking at how his father made the film, and why; by creating a portrait of that particular time and place; and by investigating Wright’s life before it intersected with his father’s, and what happened to him after. The results are effortlessly moving and endlessly powerful; this is an exemplary documentary. (Booker’s Place will be available on demand, via the usual outlets, beginning April 26.)