Sam Pollard – USA
2012 / 85’
Feb, 16 | 5pm | Carlton Cinema | $10
This documentary challenges one of Americans’ most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery in this country ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. The film shows how even as chattel slavery came to an end in the South in 1865, thousands of African Americans were pulled back into forced labour with shocking force and brutality. It was a system in which men, often guilty of no crime at all, were arrested, compelled to work without pay, repeatedly bought and sold, and coerced to do the bidding of masters. Tolerated by both the North and South, forced labour lasted well into the 20th century. For most Americans this is an entirely new history. This film gives voice to the largely forgotten victims and perpetrators of forced labour and features their descendants living today.