All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert

90 minutes

Winfred Rembert, who narrates this moving documentary, is a snaggletoothed character whose youth in Cuthbert, Georgia, during the jim crow era inspires the art he makes now, vivid scenes carved and dyed on leather sheets. Rembert's good nature belies the horrors he suffered as a young man: after police attacked a civil rights protest in which he was participating, he stole a car to escape, nearly got lynched, and drew a seven-year prison sentence that included time on a chain gang. Such struggles, Rembert says, "make you feel like you need to be more than one person in yourself," an idea he applies to his work: in one piece, dozens of toiling men in prison garb serve as multiple stand-ins for the artist. Director Vivian Ducat measures Rembert's success in odd ways—shots of gallery-scene hoi polloi viewing his work are intercut with listings of how much it sells for—but mostly she lets the artist do the talking, and his charisma makes the film.

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