Re[2]: Videos on slavery

Gary Handman (ghandman@library.berkeley.edu)
Tue, 7 Jul 1998 08:31:18 -0700

The National Audio Visual Center in Springfield, VA...

>Gary,
> Who distributes "African Burial Ground"?
>Thanks,
>Jane Agee
>_______________________________________________________________________________
>Subject: Re: Videos on slavery
>From: videolib@library.berkeley.edu at BITNET/INTERNET
>Date: 7/6/98 4:56 PM
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>Susan...
>
>A few tapes which pop into mind:
>
>The African Burial Ground: An American Discovery.
>Explores the history and archeological excavation of a burial ground for
>African slaves discovered in lower Manhattan Island, New York, during
>construction of a Federal office building in the summer of 1991. Relates
>also the effect of the discovery on understanding the role of
>Afro-Americans in colonial American life. 1994. 116 min.
>
>
>Almost Down to the Shore: African American Families During Emancipation.
>Letters, diary entries, affidavits, etc. of persons associated with the
>emancipation of slavery read aloud; accompanied by photographs. 35 min.
>
>Art of Darkness.
>The slaves of the Caribbean contributed not only to the wealth of their
>masters, but also to the cultural heritage of the British Empire.
>Documented through letters, paintings and poetry, the eighteenth century
>is shown to be both an age of high culture and of cruelty. Film shows how
>the art of the period romanticized the servitude of the plantation blacks as
>they were depicted as precious, exotic ornaments, even as they were being
>brutalized in real life. 52 min.
>
>Digging for Slaves.
>Provides many fascinating and surprising details at excavations of
>18th-century slave quarters on Middleburg Plantation near
>Charleston; at Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, whose
>slave holdings seem so irreconcilable with his expressed views on
>human freedom; and at Colonial Williamsburg, which until recently
>suppressed information about the lives of the slaves, who made up
>over half the town's population. 50 min.
>
>Flight to Freedom.
>Between 1790 and 1860, thousands of slaves fled the South for
>liberation on the "Underground Railroad". In addition to examining
>archival photographs, records and artifacts and interviews with
>national experts and descendants of slaves, conductors, and
>abolitionists, this program includes examples of spirituals sung by
>slaves as part of the "code" system, and visits homes which were
>used as shelters. The program highlights Rochester, New York,
>which was at the heart of the railroad, where passengers were
>hidden by Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman
>and others. 120 min.
>
>Frederick Douglass: When the Lion Wrote History.
>Archival materials and autobiographical writings are used to present
>the life story of Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave whose freedom
>was bought by supporters he met on a speaking tour in England,
>who became a journalist, publisher, diplomat and a passionate
>leader in the early fight for civil rights. 90 min.
>
>On My Own: The Traditions of Daisy Turner.
>Presents the life of a daughter of a former slave, 102-year-old Daisy
>Turner. She recalls childhood incidents and her father's Civil War
>experiences and talks about life in her homestead in Vermont. Folklorist
>Jane Beck fills in details about traditions preserved in the Turner family.
>28 min.
>
>Roots of Resistance: A Story of the Underground Railroad.
>Recounts the story of the underground railroad through narratives of
>escaped slaves. Includes interviews with descendants of slaves and slave
>holders of Somerset Place, a plantation in North Carolina, who describe
>the personal danger and terrible risk involved in each slave's departure.
>58 min.
>
>Sankofa.
>Sankofa is an Akan word that means, "We must go back and reclaim our
>past so we can move forward; so we understand why and how we came to
>be who we are today." Written, directed and produced by Ethiopian-born
>filmmaker Haile Gerima, SANKOFA is a powerful film about Maafa-the
>African holocaust. Done from an African/African-American perspective,
>this story is a vastly different one from the generally distorted
>representations of African people that Hollywood gives us. This
>revolutionary feature film connects enslaved black people with their
>African past and culture. It empowers Black people on the screen by
>showing how African peoples' desire for freedom made them resist, fight
>back, and conspire against their enslavers, overseers and collective past
>through the vision on Mona, who visits her ancestral experience on a new
>world planation as Shola. We share the life she endures as a slave and
>experiences her growing consciousness and transformation [description
>from web site]. 1993. 125 min.
>
>A Son of Africa.
>A docudrama based on the book, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of
>Oloudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vaasa the African, which was the first
>influential slave autobiography. When it was published in 1789, it fueled a
>growing anti-slavery movement in the U.S. and England. This production
>employs dramatic reconstruction, archival material and interviews with
>scholars. Equiano's narrative begins in the West African village where he
>was kidnapped into slavery in 1756. He was shipped to a Virginia
>plantation and then later sold again to a British naval officer. Here he
>learned to read and write, became a skilled trader, eventually bought his
>freedom and married into English society where he became a leading
>abolitionist. 28 min.
>
>Souls of Passage.
>A film based on an exhibition of the excavated Henrietta Marie, a slave
>ship which sank off the Florida coast in 1700. The piece traces the
>Henrietta Marie's trip--both the route the slave ship took and the voyage
>the exhibit made in its four year tour. Provides fascinating historical
>evidence of the slave trade in 17th century America, the conditions the
>slaves endured and the impact the exhibit had on current day North
>Carolina residents. Based on the exhibit: "A Slave ship speaks: the wreck
>of the Henrietta Marie" sponsored by the Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage
>Society. Slave narrations from the Federal Writers Project. 1996.
>
>Unearthing the Slave Trade.
>On the eve of the American Revolution, New York City had the largest
>number of enslaved Africans of any colonial settlement outside Charleston.
>Though this has seldom been acknowledged, African labor was essential
>in the building of New York. Today, archeological excavation of sites on
>both sides of the Atlantic is bringing to light aspects of the slave trade
>long buried in the liberal minds of those north of the Mason-Dixon line.
>28 min.
>
>If any of these look hot, let me know and I'll send along distributor info.
>
>
>Gary Handman
>Director
>Media Resources Center
>Moffitt Library
>UC Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
>510-643-8566
>ghandman@library.berkeley.edu
>http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC
>
>"You are looking into the mind of home video. It is innocent, it is aimless,
>it is determined, it is real" --Don DeLillo, Underworld
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>Susan...
>
>
>A few tapes which pop into mind:
>
>
><bold>The African Burial Ground: An American Discovery.
>
></bold>Explores the history and archeological excavation of a burial
>ground for
>
>African slaves discovered in lower Manhattan Island, New York, during
>
>construction of a Federal office building in the summer of 1991.
>Relates
>
>also the effect of the discovery on understanding the role of
>
>Afro-Americans in colonial American life. 1994. 116 min.
>
>
>
><bold>Almost Down to the Shore: African American Families During
>Emancipation.
>
></bold>Letters, diary entries, affidavits, etc. of persons associated
>with the
>
>emancipation of slavery read aloud; accompanied by photographs. 35
>min.
>
>
><bold>Art of Darkness.
>
></bold>The slaves of the Caribbean contributed not only to the wealth
>of their
>
>masters, but also to the cultural heritage of the British Empire.
>
>Documented through letters, paintings and poetry, the eighteenth
>century
>
>is shown to be both an age of high culture and of cruelty. Film shows
>how
>
>the art of the period romanticized the servitude of the plantation
>blacks as
>
>they were depicted as precious, exotic ornaments, even as they were
>being
>
>brutalized in real life. 52 min.
>
>
><bold>Digging for Slaves.
>
></bold>Provides many fascinating and surprising details at excavations
>of
>
>18th-century slave quarters on Middleburg Plantation near
>
>Charleston; at Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, whose
>
>slave holdings seem so irreconcilable with his expressed views on
>
>human freedom; and at Colonial Williamsburg, which until recently
>
>suppressed information about the lives of the slaves, who made up
>
>over half the town's population. 50 min.
>
>
><bold>Flight to Freedom.
>
></bold>Between 1790 and 1860, thousands of slaves fled the South for
>
>liberation on the "Underground Railroad". In addition to examining
>
>archival photographs, records and artifacts and interviews with
>
>national experts and descendants of slaves, conductors, and
>
>abolitionists, this program includes examples of spirituals sung by
>
>slaves as part of the "code" system, and visits homes which were
>
>used as shelters. The program highlights Rochester, New York,
>
>which was at the heart of the railroad, where passengers were
>
>hidden by Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman
>
>and others. 120 min.
>
>
><bold>Frederick Douglass: When the Lion Wrote History.
>
></bold>Archival materials and autobiographical writings are used to
>present
>
>the life story of Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave whose freedom
>
>was bought by supporters he met on a speaking tour in England,
>
>who became a journalist, publisher, diplomat and a passionate
>
>leader in the early fight for civil rights. 90 min.
>
>
><bold>On My Own: The Traditions of Daisy Turner.
>
></bold>Presents the life of a daughter of a former slave, 102-year-old
>Daisy
>
>Turner. She recalls childhood incidents and her father's Civil War
>
>experiences and talks about life in her homestead in Vermont.
>Folklorist
>
>Jane Beck fills in details about traditions preserved in the Turner
>family.
>
>28 min.
>
>
><bold>Roots of Resistance: A Story of the Underground Railroad.
>
></bold>Recounts the story of the underground railroad through
>narratives of
>
>escaped slaves. Includes interviews with descendants of slaves and
>slave
>
>holders of Somerset Place, a plantation in North Carolina, who
>describe
>
>the personal danger and terrible risk involved in each slave's
>departure.
>
>58 min.
>
>
><bold>Sankofa.
>
></bold>Sankofa is an Akan word that means, "We must go back and reclaim
>our
>
>past so we can move forward; so we understand why and how we came to
>
>be who we are today." Written, directed and produced by Ethiopian-born
>
>filmmaker Haile Gerima, SANKOFA is a powerful film about Maafa-the
>
>African holocaust. Done from an African/African-American perspective,
>
>this story is a vastly different one from the generally distorted
>
>representations of African people that Hollywood gives us. This
>
>revolutionary feature film connects enslaved black people with their
>
>African past and culture. It empowers Black people on the screen by
>
>showing how African peoples' desire for freedom made them resist,
>fight
>
>back, and conspire against their enslavers, overseers and collective
>past
>
>through the vision on Mona, who visits her ancestral experience on a
>new
>
>world planation as Shola. We share the life she endures as a slave and
>
>experiences her growing consciousness and transformation [description
>
>from web site]. 1993. 125 min.
>
>
><bold>A Son of Africa.
>
></bold>A docudrama based on the book, The Interesting Narrative of the
>Life of
>
>Oloudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vaasa the African, which was the first
>
>influential slave autobiography. When it was published in 1789, it
>fueled a
>
>growing anti-slavery movement in the U.S. and England. This production
>
>employs dramatic reconstruction, archival material and interviews with
>
>scholars. Equiano's narrative begins in the West African village where
>he
>
>was kidnapped into slavery in 1756. He was shipped to a Virginia
>
>plantation and then later sold again to a British naval officer. Here
>he
>
>learned to read and write, became a skilled trader, eventually bought
>his
>
>freedom and married into English society where he became a leading
>
>abolitionist. 28 min.
>
>
><bold>Souls of Passage.
>
></bold>A film based on an exhibition of the excavated Henrietta Marie,
>a slave
>
>ship which sank off the Florida coast in 1700. The piece traces the
>
>Henrietta Marie's trip--both the route the slave ship took and the
>voyage
>
>the exhibit made in its four year tour. Provides fascinating
>historical
>
>evidence of the slave trade in 17th century America, the conditions
>the
>
>slaves endured and the impact the exhibit had on current day North
>
>Carolina residents. Based on the exhibit: "A Slave ship speaks: the
>wreck
>
>of the Henrietta Marie" sponsored by the Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage
>
>Society. Slave narrations from the Federal Writers Project. 1996.
>
>
><bold>Unearthing the Slave Trade.
>
></bold>On the eve of the American Revolution, New York City had the
>largest
>
>number of enslaved Africans of any colonial settlement outside
>Charleston.
>
>Though this has seldom been acknowledged, African labor was essential
>
>in the building of New York. Today, archeological excavation of sites
>on
>
>both sides of the Atlantic is bringing to light aspects of the slave
>trade
>
>long buried in the liberal minds of those north of the Mason-Dixon
>line.
>
>28 min.
>
>
>If any of these look hot, let me know and I'll send along distributor
>info.
>
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>
>Gary Handman
>
>Director
>
>Media Resources Center
>
>Moffitt Library
>
>UC Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
>
>510-643-8566
>
>ghandman@library.berkeley.edu
>
>http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC
>
>
></color><color><param>FFFF,0000,0000</param>"You are looking into the mind of
>home video. It is innocent, it is aimless,
>
>it is determined, it is real" --Don DeLillo, Underworld</color>
>
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Gary Handman
Director
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
510-643-8566
ghandman@library.berkeley.edu
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC

"You are looking into the mind of home video. It is innocent, it is aimless,
it is determined, it is real" --Don DeLillo, Underworld