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Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Matt Ornstein

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About the Movie

Musician Daryl Davis has an unusual hobby. He's played all over the world with legends like Chuck Berry and Little Richard, but it's what Daryl does in his free time that sets him apart. In an effort to find out how anyone can "hate me without knowing me" he takes an interesting line of research. Daryl likes to meet and befriend members of the Ku Klux Klan.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 12
  • Fresh: 10
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: He tells his audience, "Always keep the lines of communication with your antagonist open," because "if you're talking, you're not fighting." – Glenn Kenny, New York Times, Jan 5, 2017

Fresh: Well timed for an election year even more charged with divisive rhetoric than usual, "Accidental Courtesy" offers an entertaining and inspirational message of rapprochement ... – Dennis Harvey, Variety, Apr 4, 2016

Fresh: It may lack focus in its approach to its subject, but Davis' compelling character and powerful message keep the audience engaged. – Kimber Myers, Los Angeles Times, Dec 8, 2016

Rotten: The glimpses we get of these friendly encounters are mostly unilluminating beyond their novelty, underscoring the truth that some of these guys are more isolated, fearful, and clueless than truly gripped by hate. – Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice, Jan 3, 2017

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Customer Reviews

Have to see it to believe it!

Very interesting and provacative film. Honest portrayal of an interesting man. Conflicted about his efforts but very worth watching. Tell your friends to watch and then discuss it with them. Incredibly relevant.

Must See

I heard about this and was hoping to see it released in theaters. The story is very relevant not just because of politics around race, but to all politics where we have a great divide. Davis' personal story is moving and he models an inspirational example of what happens when someone decides to reach across the divide.

An amazing person

I want to grow up to be like Daryl Davis. He is difficult to offend and loving the unlovely.

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