Verona (2016) - Film Review
Verona's story is the typical mixed race period film story. Simply put she is a tragic mulatto.
The "tragic mulatto" is an archetypical mixed-race person (a "mulatto"), who is assumed to be sad, or even suicidal, because they fail to completely fit in the "white world" or the "black world".Following the long tradition of mixed race period film/novel characters, Verona (Christine Ahanotu) has a black enslaved mother and a slave owning father that refuses to grant her freedom.
According to IMDb the storyline of Verona is:
A young woman in antebellum Georgia is, at birth, made a slave by her own father, yet is forbidden to love anyone, slave or free.
|Verona sitting for a photograph.|
|David Lee and Verona talk over their differences.|
|This is such an amazing cover! |
This is what drew me to the film with such high expectations.
As a Note: I researched the film after watching it. Apparently, it was funded by an Indiegogo Campaign that only made 4% of its desired goal budget. This is unfortunate as a better budget might have positively affected the location, costumes, and music choice. However, the story would still be the same. If Verona was fleshed out and given a voice the story would overcome the tragic mulatto pitfall. If the story was better it would have been easier to overlook the historical inaccuracies and unaesthetically pleasing film. I so wish the film makers had reached their goal because I wonder what a $65,500 Verona would look like as opposed to the $2,670 Verona.
I know it took a lot of work, time, and energy to make the film. And I'm pleased they chose to tell a period story with Black and Mixed raced characters. However, without quality costumes, acting, and story I felt let down.
Verona is currently on Amazon Prime if you want to watch it yourself. If you watch it, come back and leave a comment telling me what you think about the film.