Traces of the Trade: Film Screening and Facilitated Discussion
July 30, 2017
Sunday, July 30 // 5pm - 6:45pm
In Woolly's Melton Rehearsal Hall
In the Emmy-nominated documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North (PBS: 2008), filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her Rhode Island forefathers were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. The film follows Browne and nine family members on a remarkable journey which brings them face-to-face with the history and legacy of New England’s complicity in slavery. The family retraces the Triangle Trade, from a port town in Rhode Island, to slave forts on the coast of Ghana, to the ruins of family plantations in Cuba. They reckon with what the legacy of slavery has been not just for black Americans, but for them, and for white Americans more broadly. The film is unflinching but also tender, inviting people of all backgrounds into a conversation that is not based on “guilt, but grief.”
Following the screening, there will be a discussion led by Traces of the Trade filmmaker Katrina Browne.
Meet the Director: Katrina Browne
KATRINA BROWNE produced and directed Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North. While still in rough-cut form, the film contributed to the Episcopal Church’s decision to atone for its role in slavery. Traces of the Trade premiered in 2008 at the Sundance Film Festival, and then aired on PBS, reaching over 1.5 million Americans, receiving extensive press coverage, numerous awards and an Emmy nomination. It has also been broadcast in Canada, Cuba and Bermuda. Katrina travels extensively with the film–in the U.S. and overseas–as a public speaker, trainer and facilitator. She presents in schools, universities, museums, faith institutions, workplaces and professional conferences.