I just finished watching “More of… A Conversation about Race” after having looked forward to it for quite some time. On the back of the DVD case, we find this description:
… Now, two years after production began on “A Conversation about Race”, Craig Bodeker is back, with an even deeper examination of this topic. In “More of… A Conversation about Race”, Craig goes back into those original interviews and strikes more gold, as well as opens up about himself and the filmmaking process in a candid new interview. The “conversation” has only just begun…
It hurts me to say that, in my opinion, this new DVD does not live up to its claims. Yes, there are a few new insights and yes, we get a more personal view into the making of the original DVD. But I found it annoying that so much of it is spent just rehashing disjointed replays from the original. I do not see the point in Mr. Bodeker denigrating himself by confessing his sins (mistakes and misjudgments) for all the world to see. It was painful for me to watch how his interview with the illegal immigrant rapidly degenerated as Mr. Bodeker interrogated the man; it made the Mexican look better than the producer – because the Mexican never lost his cool.
I did like how he ended the DVD with truthful statements from the original interviewees. After making them look like idiots in the first one, this might have been his way of consoling them after some of them, no doubt, had contacted him to tell him how much they felt betrayed.
Overall, I would say that this sequel is alright for race realists to watch. I certainly will not be lending it out as I do with the original.