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Silver Dollar Road (PG) (AD)

A man wearing a black cap looks down a long road in South Carolina.

Raoul Peck's latest documentary on a Black family in North Carolina streams into a larger conversation about legal Black land theft, both ongoing and throughout history.

In his latest documentary, I Am Not Your Negro director focusses on one Black family's legal fight (lasting decades) to keep ownership of their seaside home in North Carolina, based on the ProPublica article.

Ever since the days following emancipation, the Reels family dedicated themselves to farming, fishing, and painstakingly forging a sustainable existence upon their expansive parcel of land nestled along the coastal reaches of North Carolina's Silver Dollar Road.

Their unwavering stance led to their wrongful conviction for civil contempt in 2011, resulting in the harshest sentence ever issued for such an offense in North Carolina—eight long years behind bars. Finally released in 2019, Mamie, Melvin, and Licurtis continue their arduous struggle to reclaim the land that was unjustly ripped from their ancestral embrace.

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2023 USA dir Raoul Peck 101 min

Captioned Screenings: Please note, the following screenings are HOH Captioned:

18 Oct at 6:15pm in Cinema 2.

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‘A tenderly observed portrait of a family fighting to survive.‘
The Hollywood Reporter
‘A triumph of personal, sensitive filmmaking.‘
The Guardian
‘A vital American family portrait that doubles as a vivid examination of American land and identity.‘
Vanity Fair