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Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives
     

Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives

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Director: Ed Bell, Thomas Lennin, Thomas Lennon, Whoopi Goldberg

Cast: Ed Bell, Thomas Lennin, Thomas Lennon, Whoopi Goldberg

 

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Among the tasks undertaken by the WPA's Federal Writers' Project in the 1930s was to transcribe the memories of those former African-American slaves who were still living. The result was a massive collection of notes, documents, and recordings, all of which found their way into the Library of Congress. Co-produced by the Library and the HBO cable channel, Unchained

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Among the tasks undertaken by the WPA's Federal Writers' Project in the 1930s was to transcribe the memories of those former African-American slaves who were still living. The result was a massive collection of notes, documents, and recordings, all of which found their way into the Library of Congress. Co-produced by the Library and the HBO cable channel, Unchained Memories: Readings From the Slave Narratives features a truly impressive array of black actors and actresses verbally recreating the reminiscences of those who lived under the yoke of slavery. The performers themselves appeared in modern dress, standing before a neutral background as they read from the transcripts, while directors Ed Bell and Thomas Lennon complemented the words with vivid and disturbing images culled from contemporary photographs of the years 1850-1935. Tied in with a traveling museum exhibit of photos and recordings, Unchained Memories was telecast during Black History Month, 2003.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/11/2003
UPC:
0026359201530
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
NR
Source:
Hbo Home Video

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Whoopi Goldberg Narrator
Don Cheadle Voice Only
Ruby Dee Voice Only
Ossie Davis Voice Only
Samuel L. Jackson Voice Only
Oprah Winfrey Voice Only
Angela Bassett Actor
Michael Boatman Actor
Roscoe Lee Browne Actor
Sandy Daley Actor
Robert Guillaume Actor
Jasmine Guy Actor
CCH Pounder Actor
La Tanya Richardson Actor
Roger Guenveur Smith Actor
Courtney B. Vance Actor
Vanessa Williams Actor
Alfre Woodard Actor
William Colbert Actor
Jennie Proctor Actor
Mary Reynolds Actor
Tempie Herndon Durham Actor
Marshal Butler Actor

Technical Credits
Ed Bell Director
Thomas Lennin Director,Producer
Thomas Lennon Director,Producer
Donna Brown Executive Producer
Michael Chin Cinematographer
Sophie Constantinou Cinematographer
Liz Gazzano Producer
Jacqueline Glover Producer
Donna Brown Guillaume Executive Producer
Mark Jonathan Harris Screenwriter,Teleplay
Lisa Heller Producer
Sheila Nevias Executive Producer
Sheila Nevins Executive Producer
John Torcassi Cinematographer
Juliet Weber Co-producer,Editor

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Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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there are really no words that can be said to explain how moved i was~awsome!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Please watch this video: black, brown, red, yellow, and white. Everyone! When it begins you not be able to move. Informitive Insightful Moving