Driving Miss Daisy
USA, 1989, 99 minutes
English with English captioning
This gentle and affectionate award-winning drama concerns the 25-year-old relationship between a 72-year-old well-to-do southern Jewish woman, Miss Daisy (Jessica Tandy), who lives alone in Atlanta and Hoke Colburn (Morgan Freeman), a 56-year-old African American man who becomes her driver when Miss Daisy’s son realizes that his mother can no longer manage her car. Both characters may be viewed as outsiders in the predominantly Christian white society of the time. When Miss Daisy finds out that Hoke is illiterate, she teaches him how to read. She also gains appreciation for Hoke’s many skills, as he assists her with many household and gardening activities. The film exposes the racism and prejudice which is predominant at the time of their first encounter. It also takes us through periods of major social changes in the United States (1950’s – 1970’s). By the end of the movie, Miss Daisy realizes that, in fact, Hoke is her best friend.
Thursday, Mar 20
Starts at: 2:30 pm