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Moving Midway

  NR Closed Captioning

Godfrey Chesire

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Plot Summary

New York film critic-turned-filmmaker Godrey Chesire returns home to North Carolina and finds that his cousin Charlie Silver proposes to uproot and relocate the family ancestral home - Midway Plantation - to escape urban sprawl. Chesire also comes across history professor Robert Hinton, who reveals that his grandfather was born a slave at Midway. As Chesire and Hinton explore the plantation mythology embodied in our cultural history - from "Uncle Tom's Cabin" to "Gone With the Wind" to "Roots" - Charlie meanwhile follows through on the Herculean feat of hoisting Midway several miles across a forbidding landscape. But this event's drama leads to an even more startling surprise: the discovery of 100 African-American cousins that Chesire and Silver never suspected, potent proof of America's long buried but increasingly important status as a mixed-race society.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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  • Reviews Counted: 25
  • Fresh: 25
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 7.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Tells a fascinating and complicated story of regional identity. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Sep 15, 2008

Fresh: The whole idea of foundation -- as it applies to family, history, and an actual, stately American house -- receives a thoughtful inspection in Moving Midway, the graceful nonfiction film from Godfrey Cheshire. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: A Herculean saga worthy of Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo (or perhaps Les Blank's Burden of Dreams). – Ronnie Scheib, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Quirky yet thoughtful. – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, Oct 18, 2008

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