Daily reviews and interviews

The Order of Myths

D: Margaret Brown

Cultural attitudes change over centuries and decades, spurred by such things as new experiences, the acquisition of knowledge, and the force of law. Racism in America is one of those things that have mutated over time; prejudice is now expressed in less overt terms and is often so cloaked or buried in habit as to be unapparent to the perpetuator. Many of our most treasured customs are mired in the residue of the past and inherit now watered-down prejudices as part of the tradition. These rituals are what Brown zeroes in on as she brings her cameras to her hometown of Mobile, Ala., which is the proud host of America's oldest Mardi Gras celebrations. Racially segregated by custom (and lingering desire), the city's mystic societies, with their elaborate parades and masquerade balls, are maintained discretely by their Caucasian and African-American participants. Brown insightfully probes the various self-delusions that reside beneath the veneer of contentment with these separate-but-equal traditions.

Thursday, March 13, 11am, Alamo Ritz

Keep up with all our SXSW coverage at For scheduling on the go, here's a SXSW Film Pocket Guide, which includes the handy Film Grid. Sign up for our South-by-specific newsletter at for news, reviews, and previews delivered to your inbox every day of the Fest. And for the latest Tweets, follow @ChronSXSW.

More Screens Reviews
SXSW Film Reviews: 'Sake-Bomb'
Daily Reviews and Interviews

Amy Smith, March 15, 2013

SXSW Film Reviews: 'Milo'
Daily Reviews and Interviews

Marjorie Baumgarten, March 15, 2013

More by Marjorie Baumgarten
Bullet Head
A cracking good Tarantino-esgue heist film

Dec. 8, 2017

Joachim Trier’s <i>Thelma</i> Is a Riveting Tale of Psychic-Sexual Coming of Age
Joachim Trier’s Thelma Is a Riveting Tale of Psychic-Sexual Coming of Age
Love makes the world burn down

Dec. 1, 2017

AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

Updates for SXSW 2017

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)