RESISTANCE CINEMA Presents “SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME” Directed by SAM POLLARD, produced by CATHERINE ALLAN and DOUGLAS BLACKMON, written by SHEILA CURRAN BERNARD, A TPT National Productions project based on the book by DOUGLAS BLACkMON, narrated by LAWRENCE FISHBURNE. Major funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Coca-Cola Company and the CPB/PBS Diversity and Innovation Fund. (2011, 90 minutes)
WHEN: Sunday June 24, 2012 1:15pm
WHERE: Community Church NY Gallery Room 28 East 35th st. btwn Park & Madison Aves.
ADMISSION: Free, donations appreciated
Next weekend will be very special. On Friday June 22, we celebrate Juneteenth and then on Sunday, to complement that celebration, we present one of the most intriguing and provocative films on racial justice to come along in some time. With much attention being paid today to the racism in the criminal justice system due to the success of Michelle Alexander’s powerful book “The New Jim Crow”, it is important to fully understand that the issue has roots that go way back. There is a deep dark history in the American criminal justice system, a story that has not been told until now.
Based on Douglas Blackmon’s Pulitzer Prize winning book Slavery by Another Name challenges one of our country’s most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery ended with Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. The documentary recounts how in the years following the Civil War, insidious new forms of forced labor emerged in the American South, keeping hundreds of thousands of African Americans in bondage, trapping them in a brutal system that would persist until the onset of World War II.
Based on Blackmon’s meticulous research, Slavery by Another Name spans eight decades, from 1865 to 1945, revealing the interlocking forces in both the South and the North that enabled this “neoslavery” to begin and persist. Using archival photographs and dramatic re-enactments filmed on location in Alabama and Georgia, it tells the forgotten stories of both victims and perpetrators of neoslavery and includes interviews with their descendants living today. The program also features interviews with Douglas Blackmon and with leading scholars of this period.