MAGGIE BETTS — THE BURIAL — AMAZON PRIME — 2023
A simple film on extreme capitalism as opposed to family-oriented capitalism. A small family business in Biloxi, Mississippi, dealing in burial insurance and funeral homes runs into a problem when the old (75 years of age) boss makes some crummy investment that turns sour, so sour that the person who actually managed him to do it ends up in prison. The man used the money from the burial insurance for something it was not intended to be used for, and it failed, so he lost the money. Then he gets into more problems with the insurance regulating board of the state, he loses his license temporarily waiting for the result of the investigation. He then tries to get some help from a big and fast-growing Canadian company in Vancouver. An agreement is signed by which he sold three funerary parlors for the money he needs to save his business, provided he stops collecting burial insurance in southern Mississippi. It is agreed, but not in writing, that the whole business will be completed in one month. But it is not and then the family business can only move to court.
The Canadian business is dishonest. They do not want to buy smaller businesses at the normal market price and abide by the normal decent contract law procedure. They want these smaller businesses to be on the floor, on their knees, even on their stomach, in other words, defeated, so that they can get their business for not even one mouthful of bread, in fact, for nothing at all because they are bankrupt.
That small business is traditionally white, though open to black customers, and with a young black lawyer behind the white lawyer who has been with the business for thirty years or so. The young black lawyer suggests another black lawyer from Florida who has been 100% successful over the last ten or twelve years. He is a big-money lawyer and at first refuses, and the young black lawyer convinces him to try to think about it, and he does. He is black and all his team is black.
That brings the racial question into the case, which is no longer a contract law case, but a clear segregational case. The little business…