Mid-South's influence felt in "The Help" - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Mid-South's influence felt in "The Help"

(WMC-TV) - Based on one of the most talked about books in years, "The Help" stars Emma Stone, Academy Award nominated Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain, and Octavia Spencer.

It's a story based in Mississippi during the 1960s.

"It's a real poignant movie," said Julie Ann Doan, an extra in the film.

Florence Roach, also an extra in the movie, was raised in Mississippi and described how she relates to film.

"I grew up in Robinsonville, on a plantation until I was 21-years-old," she said. "There were always black women working for white people on the plantation."

The movie chronicles an era when African American maids played a major role in the homes of White women in the South. Millicent Bolton of Memphis plays the role of a maid, and defined what the term "The Help" meant in the sixties.

"They were just the help whatever needed to be done that's what they had to do," she said.

Bolton enjoyed being a part of the film, and showed off gifts she received from its producers.

"They were so kind," she said. "They sent the chair with my name on it, and also sent a letter - a little note that thanked me."

Movie viewers flocked into the Paradiso theater Wednesday to get a first look at what some say will be a controversial film about race but also a picture with humor and hope.

"I think everyone will enjoy it and particularly being from the South I think it has a really important message," said Doan.

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