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he contemplates his dark past. We hear his voice...
The only thing I ever knew was
FADE CUT TO:
MACON, GEORGIA, 1926
It was hard work. But I didn’t mind
because I got to spend all day with
Cecil Gaines, now 8, sits in the field with his dad, EARL
GAINES, 30, tough, who teaches him how to pick cotton.
...and you know the cotton is ready
when the bulb splits, and the bulb
is star shaped, like a big old star
in the sky. Like your big ol’ head.
looks over his property and his workers. It’s a good day.
positions his wife, HATTIE PEARL, 25, beautiful, together
Hurry up and take this picture.
Why don’t everybody smile?
Hattie, come on. Come on!
Get back to work!
Earl looks frustrated. He goes back to the cotton. His pace
Look at me boy. Don’t lose your
temper with that man. This is his
world. We just be living in it.
You hear me? Now get on back to
sadly goes back to work with Abraham.
look up except for Earl.
Pa...What you goin’ do?
Hey! Don’t you ever do that to my
everyone watches in silence. Then -
chunk of his head in the dirt. A fly lands on Cecil’s brow.
house waving his gun around.
What are you looking at?! Huh? Who
wants to go next? You get back to
Hey you! Men! Get some of the hands
to help dig a hole for his pa.
I’ma have you working at the house
She bends down to face him.
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