Sam Rockwell, Taraji P. Henson & Robin Bissell

The trio talk about their film "The Best of Enemies"

Melena Ryzik, New York Times culture reporter, hosts a conversation about the new drama “The Best of Enemies” with Academy Award® winning actor Sam Rockwell, Academy Award®-nominated actor Taraji P. Henson and writer-director-producer Robin Bissell. 

Based on a true story, “The Best of Enemies” centers on the extraordinary relationship between Ann Atwater (Henson), a fearless and outspoken civil rights activist who faced off against C.P. Ellis (Rockwell), a local Ku Klux Klan leader, to blaze the way for school desegregation in Durham, N.C., in 1971.

Hear Bissell discuss his directorial debut and Rockwell and Henson to share the timely relevance of this pivotal moment in civil rights history and the improbable story of how these two people – with very different views and backgrounds – formed an unexpected friendship that ultimately led to large-scale social change.

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