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"Best of Enemies" Film Screening & Panel Discussion

Based on a true story, The Best of Enemies centers on the unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater, an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis, a local Ku Klux Klan leader who reluctantly co-chaired a community summit, battling over the desegregation of schools in Durham, NC during the racially-charged summer of 1971. The incredible events that unfolded would change Durham and the lives of Atwater and Ellis forever.

The film stars Taraji P. Henson (Hidden Figures, Empire) and Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, Vice). It was written and directed by Robin Bissell and based on the book by Osha Gray Davidson. It will be released in theaters on April 4.

A panel discussion will follow the screening and will include the film's writer/director, Robin Bissell, Mary Martin (a lifelong friend of Ann Atwater). Bill Riddick who managed the charrette that brought Atwater and Ellis together, and Osha Gray Davidson, author of the book. Duke's Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Benjamin Reese, will moderate.

Tickets are free and will be available to the public starting March 6 at

Contact: Kristen Brown