PSR alumna Katrina Browne presents award-winning documentary
While a student at PSR, Katrina Browne discovered that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. It became her calling and ministry to make a film about what she’d learned. In the film, Browne and nine family members retraced the Triangle Trade from Rhode Island to slave forts on the coast of Ghana, to the ruins of a family plantation in Cuba. They uncover the vast extent of Northern complicity in slavery and grapple with issues of white privilege and how to address the black/white divide today.
Traces of the Trade premiered at Sundance in 2008 and then was broadcast on the PBS series P.O.V. It has been used as a catalyst for the work of “slavery atonement” in the Episcopal Church and the Unitarian Universalist Association, and is also a resource for the United Church of Christ’s “Sacred Conversations on Race.”
Co-producer Juanita Brown helped designed the journey undertaken in the film and served as a facilitator for some of the filmed dialogues. Juanita is the assistant director for development at the Coalition of Essential Schools, and has previously worked in educational policy and in constructing dialogues in schools on race, gender, and class.
Join PSR for a screening and dialogue with Katrina Browne and Juanita Brown on Wednesday, April 15, from 2–5 pm and again, for those unable to make the afternoon event, at 6:30-9:30 pm. Both presentations will take place on campus at the Ecumenical Center at 2401 Le Conte Ave. The filmmakers will discuss the issues the film raises and how they are relevant to GTU schools, as well as how the film can serve as a resource to open conversations on race and “repair” in congregations and denominations nation-wide.
Sponsored by the PSR Dismantling Racism Committee and the Graduate Theological Union.