Facing the past
In an interview with the LA Times, before the movie was released, Singleton explained why he felt compelled to direct and what he got out of the whole process.
“I had a very deep—I wouldn’t call it fear—but a deep contempt for the South because I felt that so much of the horror and evil that black people have faced in this country is rooted here … So in some ways this is my way of dealing with the whole thing.”
It was also an incredible opportunity. In that same Film Scouts interview, Singleton said that there weren’t a lot of filmmakers, and particularly Black filmmakers who had been given the chance to direct a story with so much relevance to American history and present day life.