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The Order of Myths
The first Mardi Gras in America was celebrated in Mobile, Alabama in 1703.
In 2007, it is still racially segregated.
Margaret Brown, herself a daughter of Mobile, escorts us into the parallel hearts of the city's two carnivals. With unprecedented access, she traces the exotic world of secret mystic societies and centuries-old traditions and pageantry; diamond-encrusted crowns, voluminous, hand-sewn gowns, surreal masks and enormous paper mache floats.
Against this opulent backdrop, she uncovers a tangled web of historical violence and power dynamics, elusive forces that keep this hallowed tradition organized along enduring color lines.
Directed by Margaret Brown
Running Time - 1:37
Genre - Documentary
Opened in Theaters - Friday, July 25th, 2008
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