Denzel Washington Talks 'Debaters' The new film, The Great Debaters, is based on the true story of an all-black college debate team which triumphs in a national championship. Two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington does double duty as the film's star and director.
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Denzel Washington Talks 'Debaters'

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Denzel Washington Talks 'Debaters'

Denzel Washington Talks 'Debaters'

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The new film, The Great Debaters, is based on the true story of an all-black college debate team which triumphs in a national championship.

Two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington plays the team's temperamental coach — and does double duty as the film's director.

Washington talks to Farai Chideya about the new movie, his successful career and the future of black film.