Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North

I received the following notice in an email and figured that I would pass this on. I hope that you plan on watching this, as it should be real interesting.

We are thrilled to share with you that Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North will have a national television broadcast premiere on the PBS award-winning independent documentary film series P.O.V. on Tuesday, June 24 at 10pm! Please check your local listings for air date and time in your area.

Traces of the Trade was nine years in the making, with the amazing involvement and support of the Akonadi Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, among many others. It is being released in 2008 on the occasion of the Bicentennial of the U.S. abolition of the slave trade (January 1, 1808). In January the film had its world premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, and since then it's been featured at the New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival, the National Constitution Center's Legacy of 1808 series, and the Newport International Film
Festival. For those of you in the New York area, Traces of the Trade is an official selection of the 2008 Human Rights Watch International Film Festival and we will be there for Q&As after each screening.

Congressman John Conyers, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said at our Sundance premiere: “The power of the film is that it is flesh and blood people with all their shortcomings, struggles, and bravery—so it cuts through the talking heads, policy papers and statistics on inequality.” [Salt Lake Tribune] Now is your chance to get involved with the film that has moved Congressman Conyers and hundreds of others in screenings across the country!

•    Host a “tune in” gathering at your home on the night of the P.O.V. broadcast.
•    Gather a group of friends, family, or fellow members of an organization or religious congregation the night after broadcast. Hold a dialog with the P.O.V. discussion guide (coming soon), and decide
how together you can take action in your community.
•    Find out how you can bring the film to your school, workplace, place of worship, civic or community group.
•    Learn more about the family journey in the powerful new book Inheriting the Trade written by DeWolf descendant Tom DeWolf.
•    Visit the Traces of the Trade Get Involved page to find out how you can do more.
•    Spread the word! Please consider posting a listing, or writing us up on your organizational websites, in your electronic newsletters, etc., and share this e-blast with friends, family, coworkers, listservs and beyond.


Katrina Browne, Producer/Director
Jennifer Carr, National Outreach Director

TRACES OF THE TRADE : A Story from the Deep North
by Katrina Browne with Alla Kovgan, Jude Ray, Elizabeth Delude-Dix and Juanita Brown

Watch the trailer at
National PBS Premiere on P.O.V.
Tuesday, June 24th at 10 p.m. (check your local listings)
Filmmaker Katrina Browne makes a troubling discovery—her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in Unites States history. Her journey offers powerful new perspectives on the black/ white divide.
Tune-in, Get Involved and Join the Conversation—at

Log on
Visit the P.O.V. website to read an excerpt from “Inheriting the Trade,” a deeply personal memoir by a family member who went on the journey. Learn more about the ongoing debate surrounding reparations
in the U.S. with additional video interviews. Download an audio podcast in which Katrina Browne talks about the making of the film and what she learned from the journey.
Join the Conversation
Visit our website or email to share your thoughts about Traces of the Trade.
Learn More

Teachers, access lesson plans and video clips!
Buy the Film
To buy the DVD go to

Major funding for P.O.V. is provided by PBS, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, The Educational Foundation of America, The Fledgling Fund, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The September 11th Fund, and public television viewers. Funding for P.O.V.'s Diverse Voices Project is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. P.O.V. is presented by a consortium of public television stations, including KCET Los Angeles, WGBH Boston and Thirteen/WNET New York. Simon Kilmurry is executive director of American Documentary | P.O.V.

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