The University of Iowa

Final ‘Slavery in Global Cinema’ screening is Dec. 9

December 2nd, 2010

The last “Slavery in Global Cinema” film series screening will be held Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, at 7 p.m. in 2520D UCC. The event is free and open to the public.

This series from the University of Iowa Obermann Center for Advanced Studies allows audiences to explore the history and meaning of slavery practices through a variety of documentaries, feature-length films and personal accounts by filmmakers.

This week’s films is:

Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North (2008) 86 min. This documentary traces the overlooked history of slavery in the northern U.S. Filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her slave-trading ancestors from Rhode Island were the most prominent actors in the North’s vast complicity in slavery. Browne traveled from Rhode Island to Ghana to Cuba and back, revisiting the Triangle Trade that made her ancestors the largest slavetrading family in U.S. history. Directed by Katrina Browne.

Katherine Massoth and Susan Stanfield, Ph.D. students in the UI Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will introduce the films.

For more information, contact Leslie Schwalm at or 319-335-2299.