She did manage to inject some leftist anti-gun propaganda. She takes the gun that was used in self-defense saying "You won't need that." She urges both boys to work to change the system as they grow up, but what she is condemning by taking this gun is not insurrection but self-defense. Free and equal people do not have to rely on law enforcement for their protection. As Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice attested, many African-Americans of the time found owning a firearm was the only way to live a quiet life unmolested.
We found this movie in the children's section of our library. It is not rated, and I'm sure there are PG movies that are as disturbing or more.
Nonetheless, some discretion is in order. Nothing is graphic, but part of the conflict is driven by repeated rapes. Sonny tells Luke, "She's carrying his baby. He forced her." One woman describes, with appropriate revulsion, how the villain bragged about "colored girls he had been with".
This is not stuff for second graders, but I would not hesitate to show it to high school students.
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