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Gina's Journey: The Search for William Grimes w/ Jonah - 12th Annual Harlem International Film Festival
MIST HARLEM
NEW YORK, NY
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Gina's Journey: The Search for William Grimes w/ Jonah - 12th Annual Harlem International Film Festival
Filmmaker Talkback to follow the screening

GINA'S JOURNEY: THE SEARCH FOR WILLIAM GRIMES
EAST COAST PREMIERE
Director: Sean Durant
US, 82 min

A woman's journey to discover and trace the steps of her ancestor, who traveled along the Underground Railroad to freedom, and authored the first fugitive slave narrative in U.S. history.

This film is based on the Afterword of the book, Life of William Grimes the Runaway Slave, written by Regina Mason. The Afterword, My Long Road Back to William Grimes reveals Regina's long path to authenticate her ancestor's story and the intense personal sacrifices that made editing and re-publishing his original book possible.
 
In the film, Regina's path is retraced as she visits historical locations and key points of interest along her 15-year path of discovery. The film features special visual effects to create scenes during the 1800s when her ancestor, William Grimes, was enslaved in the South and endured a life of hardship as a free man in the North. This footage is blended with interviews from Regina Mason, her co-editor, Dr. William Andrews, scholars, and others who were a part of her journey.
 
The two stories, Regina's personal journey and selected William Grimes re-enactments, are intertwined throughout the movie as they move toward Regina's recovering and publishing of her ancestor's original 1825 autobiography, thus fulfilling her great, great, great grandfather's desire to get his story to a mass audience, while creating a sense of identity and profound purpose for herself.

Preceded by

JONAH
EAST COAST PREMIERE
Director: Andrew Michael Ellis
US, 5 min

A subway worker dances through a monochrome urban train station, juxtaposed with vivid sea and sand dune landscapes. The archival voice-over of a former African American slave, provides an engaging context to his movement.

JONAH is a meditative documentary using dance to explore and personify a curious interview with a former African American slave. Interpreting a historical interview through a modern exploratory dance, the documentary asks questions about the inheritance of trauma, and our capacity to regenerate.

Filmmaker Talkback to follow the screening

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Location

MIST HARLEM (View)
46 WEST 116TH ST
NEW YORK, NY 10026
United States


Categories

Film > Festivals

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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Owner: Harlem International Film Festival
On BPT Since: Apr 18, 2017
 
Harlem International Film Festival
info@harlemfilmfestival.org
http://HarlemFilmFestival....
 


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