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The contradictions of Fair Hope

Author: S Epatha MerkersonRockell MetcalfWhoopi GoldbergChristian McBrideArielle AmsalemAll authors
Publisher: [New York] : Shelter Island, [2013] ©2013
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Examination of a little known aspect of American history, when newly freed slaves throughout the South formed 'benevolent societies' to respond to abject hunger, illness and the fear of a pauper's grave. "The Fair Hope Benevolent Society" in Uniontown, Alabama, provides an unprecedented look at the complex and morally ambiguous juxtaposition of the Society with the worldly pleasures of what has become known as the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary films
Nonfiction films
Feature films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
History
Material Type: Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: S Epatha Merkerson; Rockell Metcalf; Whoopi Goldberg; Christian McBride; Arielle Amsalem; Chris Scarafile; Shelter Island (Firm),
ISBN: 9781939517128 1939517125
Language Note: English audio ; closed-captioned.
OCLC Number: 864323326
Notes: Wide screen (1.78:1).
Originally produced in 2012.
Special features: Spirituals, Prayer, Society turnout / foot wash, Magie's girls, Tales of Mike Moten, Music recording studio session.
Credits: Music, Christian McBride; editor, Arielle Amsalem; director of photography, Chris Scarafile.
Performer(s): Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg.
Description: 1 videodisc (67 min.) : sound, color with black & white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD, NTSC, region 0.
Responsibility: Shelter Island and Redbone, Inc. present a Fair Hope Project LLC film ; directed by S. Epatha Merkerson, Rockell Metcalf ; writer, Rockell Metcalf.

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Examination of a little known aspect of American history, when newly freed slaves throughout the South formed 'benevolent societies' to respond to abject hunger, illness and the fear of a pauper's grave. "The Fair Hope Benevolent Society" in Uniontown, Alabama, provides an unprecedented look at the complex and morally ambiguous juxtaposition of the Society with the worldly pleasures of what has become known as the annual "Foot Wash" celebration.
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The Contradictions of Fair Hope

(EMRO user published 2014-05-21 ) Very Good Permalink
Winner of numerous awards, the film documents a slice of American and African American history as told by elders of the Fair Hope Benevolent Society. Nestled in a small rural community in Uniontown, Alabama, there exist a contradiction between honoring traditional, historical and family values versus...
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