The Order of Myths is a 2008 documentary film directed by Margaret Brown. It focuses on the Mardi Gras celebrations inMobile, Alabama, the oldest in the United States. It reveals the separate mystic societiesestablished and maintained by black and white groups, and acknowledges the complex racial history of a city with a slaveholding past. While showing the mystic societies’ ties to economic, class and racial stratification, the film also showed the beginnings of interaction between the black and white courts. It also tells some of the history of Africatown, a community formed north of Mobile in 1860 by Africans from Ghana, transported illegally as slaves to Mobile decades after the end of the slave trade.
The film competed in the Documentary Competition at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. It had a limited release in New York on July 25, 2008, and ran onIndependent Lens, a PBSseries featuring independent films, in 2009. It was distributed by The Cinema Guild.