Traces of The Trade: A Story From The Deep North (2008) – Documentary Retroview

Traces of The Trade: A Story From The Deep North (2008) – Documentary Retroview

Traces of The Trade: A Story From The Deep North is a deeply personal documentary made by seminarian-turned-filmmaker Katrina Browne, who sets out to investigate her forebears occupation as prominent New England slave traders and tries to identify what that fact of family history means to her living relatives and herself. The film is co-directed by Alla Kovgan and Jude Ray.

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Movie Review: MULBERRY CHILD Now on DVD

Movie Review: MULBERRY CHILD Now on DVD

Based on Chinese author Jian Ping’s moving personal memoir, also entitled Mulberry Child, filmmaker Susan Morgan Cooper tells the story of Chairman Mao’s infamous Cultural Revolution from the perspective of one women who lived through it, and then made her way to a new life in the United States. Morgan uses archival footage, on camera interviews and dramatic reenactments to construct an affecting cinematic hybrid about the author’s life, past and present, as she presented it in her book.

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DOCUMENTARY FILM CHALLENGE: The Case of the Stolen Home and ‘Estate Rape!’

DOCUMENTARY FILM CHALLENGE: The Case of the Stolen Home and ‘Estate Rape!’

Every documentary filmmaker has a unique method for investigating incidents, for finding a path to the truth, for crafting a story from a cache of facts. Each documentary filmmaker has an individual vision and passion for the art. It would be interesting to see their talents and techniques focused on one story, one particular cache of facts, and see their different individual approaches to shaping the story into a documentary film. The story I have in mind involves a case of ‘estate rape,’ of a stolen home and family identity. It is the subject of an Eyewitness News Report. Watch the report, read my further details, take the challenge!

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