ONCE UPON A TIME…WHEN WE WERE COLORED, based upon the critically acclaimed book, chronicles the early life of its author Clifton Taulbert in Glen Allen, Mississippi. In the deep South in the 1950s and early 60s, education means segregation. Clifton first formal lesson from Poppa Taulbert at age 5 is to learn to recognize what a “W” and a “C” look like, so he can tell the difference between those things like restrooms and water fountains that are for “Whites only” and those that are for the “Colored”. He quickly learns the difference between tolerance and intolerance by comparing what he understands from his close knit community with the racial intolerance he experiences on the other side of the railroad tracks.
We too have a learning experience as we watch the swelling tide that led to the Civil Rights Movement. Production quality is generally fine in this independent movie directed by Tim Reid and starring a cast of excellent actors. The producers did a fine job of creating the look and feel of the era. This movie is worth a ticket price, as it contains only moderately questionable elements while it promotes Christianity, family loyalty, personal responsibility, and a biblical worldview.
(B, C, L, V, S, A, M) Moral biblical worldview with positive references to God & many, many positive depictions of Christianity; positive portrayals of community; 6 vulgarities (mostly use of the "N" word in reference to blacks); KKK parade, seductive fondling & dancing results in a juke joint fight involving a razor, broken bottle, & a baseball bat as weapons; implied fornication (not justified); boys ogle women dancing in carnival girly show; alcohol consumption in juke joint; boy steals money but promises to pay it back; and, birth of baby in cotton fields