February 2013: Ships of Bondage and Rebellion Film Screenings

Ships of Bondage and Rebellion film screenings every Wednesday evening in February followed by a facilitated conversation.  All screenings will take place at Rhode Island Hall, Room 10860 George Street

February 6, 2013
5:30 PM screening; discussion to follow
Traces of the Trade with Prof. Anani Dzidzienyo
Rhode Island Hall, Room 108 
60 George Street


Synopsis: In Traces of the Trade, Producer/Director Katrina Browne tells the story of her Rhode Island forefathers, the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history.  The film follows Browne and nine fellow family members on a remarkable journey which brings them face-to-face with the history and legacy of New England’s hidden enterprise. 

February 13, 2013
5:30 PM screening; discussion to follow
Tamango with Brandy Monk-Payton 
Rhode Island Hall, Room 108 
60 George Street
 

Synopsis: A Dutch slave captain, on a voyage to Cuba, faces a revolt fomented by a newly captured African slave, Tamango. The slaves capture the captain's mistress, forcing a showdown. Featuring Dorothy Dandridge.

February 20, 2013
5:30 PM screening; discussion to follow
Amistad with Prof. Corey D.B. Walker
Rhode Island Hall, Room 108 
60 George Street
 

Synopsis:  Based on the true story, Amistad is the saga of a failed mutiny on board a Spanish slave ship and the trial that followed. In the summer of 1839, 53 African captives broke free and took over the slave ship, Amistad. Captured off the eastern seaboard after failing in a desperate attempt to sail home, they find themselves at the mercy of the American judicial system.  Featuring: Morgan Freeman, Nigel Hawthorne, Anthony Hopkins, Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey, David Paymer, Pete Postlethwaite, Stellan Skarsgard. Directed by Steven Spielberg

February 27, 2013
5:30 PM screening; discussion to follow
Burn! with Prof. Anthony Bogues 
Rhode Island Hall, Room 108 
60 George Street

Synopsis: The professional mercenary Sir William Walker instigates a slave revolt on the Caribbean island of Queimada in order to help improve the British sugar trade. Years later he is sent again to deal with the same rebels that he built up because they have seized too much power that now threatens British sugar interests. Featurng Marlon Brando.

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