VHS, 106 min., 1980
James is an eight-year-old black boy in rural Louisiana in the early 40’s. He valiantly tries to ignore a raging toothache, for his mother has taught him not to complain, look for sympathy, or squander money. After both aspirin and prayer fail to quell the aching tooth, his mother takes him to the dentist to have it pulled. On the way, he gets new glimmers of social and self-awareness and realizes that pride and self-respect are crucial to survival in a world of racial and social complexities among both blacks and whites.
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