When a college-bound basketball star (Jamaal Wilkes) is accidentally shot by two cops (Bernie Casey and Vince Martorano), several witnesses — including a 12-year-old boy (Laurence Fishburne), his cousin Earl, and a storeowner are intimidated by the police into keeping quiet.

Based on Ronald Fair‘s novel The Hog Butcher (1966), this uneven yet compelling tale of mistaken identities and police corruption in an African-American neighborhood. Well-acted by most of the cast, and full of believable, intelligent, three-dimensional characters, Cornbread manages to effectively illustrate racial and economic tensions without simplifying the issue into “black versus white”.

This event is part of the BFI’s BLACK STAR season, taking place UK-wide, supported by Film Hub NI, part of the Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery.

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