You Must Remember This
“I trusted you,” says a hurt Uncle Buddy to his beloved niece, Ella, a young aspiring basketball star. She has betrayed the trust and close bond the two shared by ignoring Buddy’s request to let his mysterious locked trunk remain closed. Her meddling has unearthed painful memories of a secret past. Uncle Buddy must learn to face that which he has kept buried for so long. Ella must take personal responsibility for her actions and learn the importance of trust and honor if they ever hope to mend their shattered relationship.
Feature Films For Families has delivered a strong story, along with a history of how black Americans were presented in the movies during the 1930s: smiling servants, inept people and second class citizens. Thankfully, this has changed over the years.
The story line knits together well. The dilemma that Ella has created for herself causes her uncle pain, but he faces old memories and gives his niece the gift of forgiveness, and then shows her how people of color have greatly contributed to the entertainment movie genre. Ella sacrifices getting a trophy for her stellar basketball performance. This video is another winner, but some young children might not grasp the racist scenes from movies of the 30s.