Films and Documentaries
Please find below a list of films and documentaries that have been compiled from the Racial Healing, Justice and Reconciliation Ministry Network for your review.
Henry Louis Gates Jr. presents a vital new four-hour documentary series on Reconstruction: America After the Civil War. The series explores the transformative years following the American Civil War, when the nation struggled to rebuild itself in the face of profound loss, massive destruction, and revolutionary social change. The twelve years that composed the post-war Reconstruction era (1865-77) witnessed a seismic shift in the meaning and makeup of our democracy, with millions of former slaves and free black people seeking out their rightful place as equal citizens under the law. Though tragically short-lived, this bold democratic experiment was, in the words of W. E. B. Du Bois, a ‘brief moment in the sun’ for African Americans, when they could advance, and achieve, education, exercise their right to vote, and run for and win public office.
In Traces of the Trade, Producer/Director Katrina Browne tells the story of her forefathers, the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. Given the myth that the South is solely responsible for slavery, viewers will be surprised to learn that Browne’s ancestors were Northerners. The film follows Browne and nine fellow family members (Episcopalians) on a remarkable journey which brings them face-to-face with the history and legacy of New England’s hidden enterprise.
In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, "Remember This House." The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin's death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript. Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and other important milestones in the civil rights movement, The Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Mississippi hosted a 90-minute forum, Fifty Years Later: The State of Racism in America, live-streamed from St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral in Jackson, Mississippi. Useful as an educational resource.
White privilege, like all privilege, is hard to see when you possess it and impossible to miss when you don't. In this video, the Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, addresses racial privilege in biblical times.
Trinity Church Wall Street is convening the national theological conference of Trinity Institute in January to explore the issue of race and, with it, mass incarceration which disproportionately affects communities of color. In a speech at the first of the Pre-TI Dialogues series, Bryan Stevenson, the attorney, author, and advocate, spoke of his thirty years representing the men and women inside U.S. prisons and strongly urged that we find new ways to seek justice and mercy.