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Documenting a whispered family history

Documenting a whispered family history

Like Macky Alston’s “Family Name” (1997) and what I’ve heard about Godfrey Cheshire’s “Moving Midway” (2007), Katrina Browne’s “Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North” investigates the filmmaker’s family history of slavery.

Director Katrina Browne fields questions at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival

After the Sunday night screening, audience members had much fuel for discussion– the film’s conclusion and the involvement of the Episcopal Church, Ivy League elitism, and the merits of slavery reparations.

On Tuesday, June 24, Browne’s film will kick off the season for P.O.V. on PBS.

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