Movies About Slavery and Why Everyone Should See “The Retrieval”

The Retrieval is a film about what happened to the children that were left alone and abandoned by the Civil War. It is also an intimate film that deals with questions about love and ethics. There is no description or trailer that can do this film, which was a winner of the Best Narrative Film Award at SXSW, justice. See it. Please see it.

And I know that there have been a lot of films about slavery lately but, with the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation this year, it is fitting. These are all stories that need to be told.

I was lucky enough to see this film last night as a part of the Bronze Lens Film Festival. There was a Q&A with one of the Producers, Sibyl Avery Jackson, who is a Spelman grad, and she mentioned that the film’s star, Tishaun Scott, is a graduate of Morehouse. His performance was outstanding. I think I see a AUC screening in our future.


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