Posts Tagged ‘slavery’


Railroad to Freedom| Watch Voice of the Fugitive on


It’s wasn’t that long ago that millions of Africans, kidnapped from their motherlands, were shipped to American and Caribbean plantations to perform soul and back-breaking work. Between 1840 and 1860, perhaps as many as 30,000 of these enslaved people escaped their masters to seek freedom in Canada, where slavery had been abolished since 1834. A daring a

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Black Sugar | Modern-Day Slavery in the Dominican Republic


Some came voluntarily, chasing the dream of a salary; others were kidnapped near the Dominican border and brought by force. Regardless of trajectory, once Haitians lands in a batey, as camps for Haitian workers are called in the Dominican Republic, all are cursed to the same dolorous grind: cutting sugar cane from morning till night


Loyalties: A Trip Down Slavery Lane

“Do you remember the days of slavery?” tirelessly asks Jamaican reggae singer Burning Spear in his 1976 song Slavery Days. It’s a good question, and one that Loyalties, one of the thorniest, most perplexing documentaries I’ve watched in a while, raises sharply. The story goes like this. In quaint Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2 women –


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