Category Archives: Slavery

Frozen Happiness

Directed by: Tami Gold, Gerardo Renique and Mariano Wainsztein

Documentary short. (30 minutes)


Based on personal testimonies FROZEN HAPPINESS recounts the struggle of a mother and her children to gain the freedom of their husband and father. Falsely charged with the assassination of New York-based Indy-reporter Brad Will, APPO (Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca) supporter and community activist Juan Manuel Martinez endured sixteen months of unjust imprisonment. With the support and solidarity of participants in the 2006 popular uprising and members of APPO the struggle of the family turned into a broader campaign demanding the freedom of Juan Manuel and an end to impunity. Set against the first democratic change of government in eighty years the video bears witness to the power of solidarity and independent mobilization.

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Posted by on January 13, 2014 in Documentary, Slavery, Women


The Dark Side of Chocolate (2010)

47m; Denmark

Director: Miki Mistrati and U Roberto Romano

Synopsis (IMDB): A team of journalists investigate how human trafficking and child labor in the Ivory Coast fuels the worldwide chocolate industry. The crew interview both proponents and opponents of these alleged practices, and use hidden camera techniques to delve into the gritty world of cocoa plantations.




Traces of the Trade

Synopsis: fascinating film made by a descendant of the largest slave trader in U.S. history

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Posted by on June 13, 2012 in Documentary, Slavery


Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1987)

110m; U.S.

Director: Stan Lathan

Cast: Avery Brooks, Kate Burton, Bruce Dern, Samuel L. Jackson

Synopsis: Film version of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s abolitionist novel.

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Posted by on June 13, 2012 in Blacks, Drama, Slavery


Spartacus (1960)

184m; U.S.

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Cast: Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier and Jean Simmons

Synopsis: This sweeping epic, set in the 1st Century B.C., stars Kirk Douglas. An enslaved army deserter and gladiator, he escapes and recruits 120,000 followers who defeat several Roman legions before finally losing. Stellar cast includes Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton and Peter Ustinov. Screenplay by blacklisted Dalton Trumbo, from also black-listed Howard Fast’s novel. ‘Who is Spartacus?’ ‘I am Spartacus!’ (Rochester Labor Film Series)

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Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Drama, Slavery, War


Tamango (1958)

98m; France

Director: John Berry

Cast: Dorothy Dandridge, Curt Jürgens and Jean Servais

Synopsis (IMDB): A Dutch slave captain, on a voyage to Cuba, faces a revolt fomented by a newly captured African slave, Tamango. The slaves capture the captain’s mistress, forcing a showdown.

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Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Drama, Slavery


Quilombo (1986)

119; Brazil

Director: Carlos Diegues

Cast:  Jonas BlochZózimo Bulbul and Emmanuel Cavalcanti

Synopsis (IMDB): Palmares is a 17th-century quilombo, a settlement of escaped slaves in northeast Brazil. In 1650, plantation slaves revolt and head for the mountains where they find others led by the aged seer, Acotirene. She anoints one who becomes Ganga Zumba, a legendary king. For years, his warriors hold off Portuguese raiders; then he agrees to leave the mountains in exchange for reservation land and peace. It’s a mistake. Zumbi, a warrior whose mother was killed by Portuguese and who spent 15 years with the Whites, stays in the mountains to lead Palmares. In 1694, the Portuguese import a ruthless captain from São Paulo to lead an assault on the free Blacks. Can Zumbi keep Palmares free?

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Posted by on April 26, 2012 in Blacks, Drama, Labor History, Slavery