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At a time of significant pushback on the teaching of "whole truth" history in our schools and book banning throughout the country, this timely educational film explores the question: Why is it important to tell the truth about history? With a focus on Virginia, Part I of this docuseries shot in Richmond, Charlottesville and Arlington includes commentary by local artists, teachers, students, librarians, historians, family historians, faith leaders, social justice advocates, and others. We ride the rivers and walk the land that brought enslaved people to the shores of Virginia and to the places of their bondage and resistance. And we explore the legacies of enslavement and what it will take for our country to repair and heal.

The documentary's ancestral guiding light is Matilda (Lewis) Threlkeld, the enslaved 3rd great grandmother of the film's producer. Both the film's director (Loria King) and producer (Pam Smith) are descendants of people enslaved by Thomas Jefferson and his sister, Lucy Jefferson Lewis. Our goal is to elevate perspectives that are sometimes obscured by a small but loud group seeking to propel the United States backwards. This film screening is for anyone interested in strengthening our fragile democracy and fighting for the right to read and know the truth.

Please join us on this journey. Help us engage students and ordinary people. Be a part of the counter-narrative that embraces the truth of our collective past as we imagine beyond it to a fair and shared tomorrow. Thank you!

FROM THE FILMMAKER: Greetings, I'm Loria King, a filmmaker and photographer dedicated to showcasing the multifaceted experiences of Black Americans. Through my project "Black America Is...," I've delved into the depth of Black identity in the United States.

My journey of discovery is deeply ingrained in me, fueled by the stories shared by my late grandfather, Hossick Jefferson, born in 1903. Hossick, too, was an enslaved descendant of Thomas Jefferson's family, though he didn't like to talk about it. He was keenly aware of how his connection came to be. These narratives have shaped my commitment to highlighting the intricacies of the Black experiences in the United States.

It's an honor to collaborate with Pam Smith, whose work seamlessly aligns with my own. Pam's dedication to revealing hidden narratives resonates deeply with my mission. Together, we're embarking on a journey to create an educational film that celebrates Matilda (Lewis) Threlkeld's story, honors all of our enslaved ancestors, and contributes to historical truth-telling. Your support will help us amplify marginalized voices in our history.

We invite you to join us in this transformative endeavor. Your contribution, no matter the size, will be crucial in bringing Matilda's story to light and advancing our understanding of our shared history. Thank you for being part of this vital mission.

Our production schedule is below.
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This film is a project of the Addie Wyatt Center for Nonviolence Training. Thank you!

TENTATIVE PRODUCTION SCHEDULE FOR FALL 2024 DISTRIBUTION

CURRENT: A Descendant's Journey for Truth

2023

August-October PRE-PRODUCTION for Charlottesville

October 23-28 CHARLOTTESVILLE SHOOT

November-December POST PRODUCTION LOCATION #1

2024

January-May PRE-PRODUCTION for Kentucky

APRIL 14-19 KENTUCKY SHOOT

June-July (6 weeks) EDITING

August DISTRIBUTION

September AVAILABLE TO INSTITUTIONS
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    • 6 mos
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West Falls Church, VA

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