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GIFFONI FILM FESTIVAL 1996 - 27 July.4 August

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Category: Edition 1996

This film relates the story of a tightly connected Afro-American community informally called Colored Town where the inhabitants live and depend on each other in a world where racist oppression is everywhere, as told by a boy called Cliff who spent his childhood there. Despite this, we see the life of the community in all its joys and sorrows, of those that live there while others decide to leave for a better life north. For those remaining, things come to a serious situation when one prominent businessman is being muscled out by a white competitor using racist intimidation. In response, the community must make the decision of whether to submit meekly like they always have, or finally fight for their rights.

Original Title Once Upon a Time… When We Were Colored
Italian Title Il colore del tempo
Category Official Competition
Section Competition
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 115'
Production Year 1995
Nationality USA
Directed by Tim Reid
Screenplay Paul W. Cooper
Main cast Al Freeman Jr., Phylicia Rashad, Leon

 regista tim reidTIM REID

Timothy L. Reid (Norfolk, December 19, 1944) is an American actor, television producer, director and screenwriter.
Tim Reid is best known for his performances in American television programs for the early evening, such as Venus Flytrap in WKRP in Cincinnati (1978-1982), Marcel "Downtown" Brown in Simon & Simon (1983-1987), Ray Campbell in Sister , Sister. Reid also starred for CBS in the Frank's Place series playing a professor who inherits a restaurant in Louisiana.