The Great Debaters (2007) – REVIEW

by Jordache Wee

Release Date: December 25, 2007
Directed by: Denzel Washington
Music by: James Newton Howard
Starring: Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Nate Parker, Jurnee Smollett, Denzel Whitaker

Based on the efforts of Melvin B. Tolson (Denzel Washington), who brought blacks  from Wiley College to set an equal footing with the whites.

Melson B. Tolson (Denzel Washington) inspiring his students to lead a better life among the whites

This was the dark age of where the blacks lives in fear, afraid to walk places where ruled by the whites because they knew they would be lynched and hung alive.

Set in 1930s, Tolson is a debate coach for Wiley Coach, also an educator who guide his fellow students to victory against Harvard College.

Henry Lowe (Nate Parker), Samantha Booke (Jurnee Smollett) and James L. Farmer Jr. (Denzel Whitaker)

Also on Wiley’s debate team is James L. Farmer Jr. (Denzel Whitaker), Samantha Booke (Jurnee Smollett).

Booke is the first woman and black to ever participated in the debate team simultaneously also defeating the Harvard College alongside with Farmer Jr.

Reviewer’s Note:
During the 1930s, some states of United States of America still enslaved the black people. They discriminate them and lynch them alive and hang them for the vultures.

The white supremacy in that era was strong and some still adapt the old culture of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). 

The blacks are always living in fear until a few would stood for their rights.

In The Great Debaters, we explore to see both black and white culture and their upbringing. There were racism and discrimination in every way. 

It’s a great film. Somehow, it still reflects on our today’s society.

And it’s almost like having Barack Obama as the first black president of United States.

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