'The Red Cape' explores 1898 Wilmington race riots

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A local film 10 years in the making is on the big screen this week.

The Red Cape tells the story of a father and son during the 1898 Wilmington race riots and massacre. Director Nelson Oliver was on Friday's First at Four to discuss the film.

In The Red Cape, a black child named Willie and his father, Monroe, who are struggling to survive in the face of a mounting white supremacy campaign led by Alfred Waddell.

Waddell's efforts to disenfranchise Wilmington's black community and overthrow the city's biracial leadership helped lead to the 1898 Wilmington race riot, the only violent overthrow of a government in US history.

The Red Cape is playing at The Pointe 14 in Wilmington on Friday and Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and a question and answer session will be held afterward.

After getting his film studies bachelor's degree from UNCW, Oliver got his master's from the University of Southern California's school of cinematic arts.

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