The New Orleans Film Society will present the Mardi Gras-themed documentary The Order of Myths at the Porch 7th Ward Cultural Organization with director Margaret Brown in attendance for a Q+A after the film.
The first Mardi Gras in America was celebrated in Mobile, Alabama, in 1703. In 2007, it is still racially segregated. Filmmaker Margaret Brown (Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt), herself a daughter of Mobile, escorts us into the parallel hearts of the city’s two carnivals. With unprecedented access, she traces the exotic world of secret mystic societies and centuries-old traditions and pageantry; diamond-encrusted crowns, voluminous, hand-sewn gowns, surreal masks, and enormous paper-mâché floats. Against this opulent backdrop, she uncovers a tangled web of historical violence and power dynamics, elusive forces that keep this hallowed tradition organized along enduring color lines. It’s a shocking look at the state of race relations in America today. Manhola Dargis wrote in the New York Times, "The documentary that left the strongest impression is The Order of Myths, Margaret Brown's examination of the history and present-day reality of the segregated worlds of Mardi Gras in Mobile, Alabama. Handsomely shot and intelligently edited, with none of the maddening sloppiness that distorts too many non-fiction projects, the film explores the secret societies the fancy-dress balls and the celebrity parades for a story that is at once very site-specific and seemingly simple and as big and richly complex as the United States itself."
Admission: Free and open to the public.
Event Time: 19:00:00