Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America

Directed by Matthew Ornstein

Starring Daryl Davis

Daryl Davis has an unusual hobby. As a musician he has played with legends like Chuck Berry and Little Richard, but in his spare time he likes to meet and befriend members of the Ku Klux Klan. Join Daryl on his personal quest to understand racism.


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  • ★★★★ review by Jessica Flowers on Letterboxd

    My mother and Noah Marger were right.  This documentary was very powerful.  I missed the last bit of it because the Baltimore scene has started a family discussion that's still on-going.

  • ★★★★ review by John on Letterboxd

    An inspiring story of a man that is doing his best to wipe out hatred in America. I loved this.

  • ★★★★ review by 🎬 Lumos Lightsaber 🎥 on Letterboxd

    If I were Daryl Davis my eyes would have fallen out due to excessive eye-rolling when talking to these people. But maybe that's the problem.

  • ★★★★ review by Mike de Raaf on Letterboxd

    Intense. Daryl Davis has incredible patience and unparalleled empathy. The world could use more like him. The confrontation between him and young black lives matter activists is captivating. I think Daryl is treated unfairly by these brash young people who seemingly don't understand the politics they are trying to engage through activism. One of them goes so far as to ignorantly suggest he would rather have Trump as president than Hillary. Insanity. I can understand the desire to want to know the face of your enemy and rally against them but in the long run we are all going to have to learn to work together. Drawing further lines to divide people works against that. That isn't to belittle their efforts as both trains of thought are important. Without protests and activism, important causes go unheard. I just can't believe how incompatible their opinions are when at the heart of it they are fighting for the same thing in different ways. I also can't believe how under promoted this documentary is. I only learned about it from listening to Harmontown.

  • ★★★½ review by Michael on Letterboxd

    A film on race relations and humans ability to change that really gets heated when the #BlackLivesMatter segment begins. It really begs the question of which is better - small, incremental, changes or large, fundamental, movements? The answer is Both but its fascinating to see it all play out.

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