Slave Narratives Brought To Life

Michelle Jackson made a film where slave narratives are read by a multiracial cast of actors.

Creating her “Another Slave Narrative” the Los Angeles-based filmmaker wanted to highlight that slavery was the problem of the whole America, not just it’s Black people.

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The 37-minute film features the slave narratives by  Lewis Jenkins, Fannie Moore, William Moore, Delicia Ann Wiley Patterson, Mary Reynolds and Elizabeth Sparks. They were seven of 2,300 people interviewed in the Federal Writers’ Project Slave Narrative Collection 1936-1938.

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“Mainstream American culture believes that because black enslaved people were emancipated, whatever that means, slavery’s trauma and its effects on black enslaved people discontinued as soon as the plantation gates were opened,” the director thinks. “It didn’t discontinue. They lived with it their entire lives. For some, that was 100 years of PTSD.”

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The movie is already a great success as it is a perfect slap in the face of white hypocrisy. Please watch and share it to increase the number of people who know and tell the truth about slavery.

Another Slave Narrative trailer from Michelle R. Jackson on Vimeo.

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