Ann Atwater is a black civil rights activist fighting for school integration. C.P. Ellis is the leader of the local Klu Klux Klan chapter that’s fighting for white supremacy.
But in a new film, The Best of Enemies, they are forced to work together to find common ground. Crazy? On paper – yes.
But as moviegoers discover in the new PG-13 film, anything is possible when God is involved.
The Best of Enemies tells the true story of the unlikely bond formed between Atwater and Ellis in 1971 after a black public school is damaged by fire, forcing the city of Durham, N.C., to find new space for the students. Many citizens say the answer is integration, but Ellis and his side are staunchly opposed.
Trying to solve the problem, a judge orders the city to undergo a charrette – the name for a forum in which two sides come together to try and solve problems. Charrette organizer Bill Riddick chooses Ann and C.P. to represent their respective sides.
The Best of Enemies stars Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson as Atwater, Oscar winner Sam Rockwell as Ellis and BAFTA nominee Babou Ceesay as Riddick.
The film earns its PG-13 rating with strong language, including multiple n-words. But it has a strong spiritual theme, too.
“Same God [who] made you made me,” Ann tells C.P.
Here are four biblical lessons from The Best of Enemies: