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1998 Programming

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Africans in America:
America’s Journey through Slavery

October 19-22, 1998 & February 1999
How did America build a new nation based on principles of liberty and equality while justifying the existence of slavery? Did American slavery and American freedom have to exist side by side in this nation? How has this history shaped current views about race? Africans in America: America’s Journey through Slavery takes on these tough questions in a new, four-part documentary series narrated by Angela Bassett. The series takes viewers on a journey through the birth of America-from Jamestown in 1607 to the start of the Civil War in 1861-and shows the dramatic impact of the struggle over slavery and freedom in shaping our country. (WGBH/PBS; Executive Producer, Orlando Bagwell)

DISTRIBUTOR: WGBH Boston Video, PO Box 2284, South Burlington, VT 05407; 800-255-9424.

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September 15, 1998
A moving portrayal of a white filmmaker’s search for his connection to the African Americans who share his surname. Macky Alston journeys across the South to trace his family’s history as one of the largest slave-holding families in North Carolina. He chronicles the surprising twists and turns of the shared histories of his family and African-American Alstons who are descendants of slaves. The film won the Freedom of Expression Award at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival. (P.O.V./PBS; Director/Producer, Macky Alston)

DISTRIBUTOR: First Run/Icarus Films, 153 Waverly Place, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10014; 800-876-1710.

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