‘Red Tails’: A Different Era

I just watched this video on CNN.com, interviewing the director and one of the actors from the new movie “Red Tails.” For those that haven’t seen the commercials, “Red Tails” is about the Tuskegee Airmen, the heralded squadron of black Americans that served during World War II, putting their lives on the line for a country that still considered them second-class humans. I always knew about the Tuskegee Airmen from history classes and textbooks (coupled with my own curiosity about World War II), so I checked out this video clip to satisfy my own need for knowledge and love of movies. I was interested by something the interviewer said towards the end of the video clip. She said that even though the script had been around for some 20 years (George Lucas had tried to sell it to his pees and found rejection), the director, Anthony Hemingway, decided that something was missing: faith. So he added an element to the film of prayer and hope that was missing — yet, a very big part of Tuskegee history. As he explains in this video, it was honoring the men who served and their families by not omitting a very important part of their lives and their experience. Check it out.