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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
- 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.
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.
Fresh: A Herculean saga worthy of Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo (or perhaps Les Blank's Burden of Dreams).
Fresh: Quirky yet thoughtful.