This adaptation of Langston Hughes' powerful tale, set in the 1920s and 30s, tells the story of Cora Jenkins (Regina Taylor), the daughter of the only African-American family in the small Iowa town of Melton. Cora supports her mother and her daughter, Josephine, by working as a domestic in the home of the socially driven Mrs Studevant (Cherry Jones), where she serves almost as a surrogate mother to the Studevants' daughter, Jessie. Cora's own daughter dies, and Cora's relationship with Jessie grows even deeper. When Jessie dies as a result of an abortion arranged by her mother, and Mrs. Studevant lies about the cause to preserve her social standing, Cora must risk her livelihood, her security, and her place in the community in order to speak the truth and honor the memory of the child she loved and lost.
- Starring: Regina Taylor
- Director(s): Deborah M. Pratt
- Producer(s): ALT Films
- Screenwriter(s): Ann Peacock
- Distributor: Masterpiece Theatre
- Animal Coordinator: Jennifer Nellans
- Release Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2000
- Rating: Acceptable
Featured Animal Action
Farm animals are seen in the background in several scenes, lending period atmosphere to the film.