The Help is an adaptation of the novel by Kathryn Stockett, based in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1963. The film attempts to show the simmering tension between black maids ("the help") and their white employers at the emergence of the civil rights movement.
Black women had few options but to work as exploited domestic help for wealthy white families. The narrative centres around three main characters. Skeeter Phelan is a white college graduate who embarks on a project to write an anonymous exposé of black domestic help. She enlists the help of Aibileen Clark and Minny Jackson - black maids who agree to speak out about their lives at great personal risk.