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LONG Métrage | 2011
Slavery by Another Name
Pays concerné : États-Unis
Durée : 87 minutes
Genre : historique
Type : documentaire


SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME (L’ESCLAVAGE AUTREMENT) est un documentaire de 90 minutes qui traite d’une des croyances les plus solidement ancrées chez les Américains : la conviction que l’esclavage dans ce pays s’est terminé avec la Proclamation de l’Emancipation. Le film montre comment avec la fin de l’esclavage dans le Sud en 1865, des milliers d’Africains-Américans furent poussés dans le travail forcé avec une violence et brutalité choquantes. C’était un systéme où des hommes, souvent coupables d’aucun crime, étaient arrêtés, obligés de travailler dans aucune rémunération, en continuant à être vendus et achetés, et soumis au bon vouloir des maîtres. Toléré à la fois par le Nord et le Sud, le travail forcé dura jusqu’au 20ème siècle.

Pour bien des Américains, c’est une nouvelle histoire qui s’ouvre devant leurs yeux. SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME donne la voix aux très grandement oubliés victimes et bourreaux du travail forcé, en interrogeant leurs descendants en vie.

U.S.A., 2011, 1h27 min, couleur & N&B,

Long métrage documentaire de Sam Pollard.

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SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME is a 90-minute documentary that challenges one of Americans’ most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery in this country ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. The film tells how even as chattel slavery came to an end in the South in 1865, thousands of African Americans were pulled back into forced labor with shocking force and brutality. It was a system in which men, often guilty of no crime at all, were arrested, compelled to work without pay, repeatedly bought and sold, and coerced to do the bidding of masters. Tolerated by both the North and South, forced labor lasted well into the 20th century.

For most Americans this is entirely new history. SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME gives voice to the largely forgotten victims and perpetrators of forced labor and features their descendants living today.

Sam Pollard performs a remarkable act of historical reclamation in this documentary, recounting the many ways in which American slavery persisted as a practice many decades after its supposed abolition. It is a story impressive in its sweep and alarming in the way that its larger theme-an American moral failure-has been obscured in history.

Facing economic catastrophe under Reconstruction, as well as freed black citizens’ political and social ascendancy, southern states found effective tactics to continue forced servitude in new modes. Techniques such as peonage (forced labor to pay off debts), leasing convicts to private business, or forcing convict labor in state-run enterprises subjected newly freed American citizens to inescapable conditions that insidiously operated under more palatable names than slavery.

U.S.A., 2011, 87 min, color & b/w,

Sam Pollard

Sheila Curran Bernard

Catherine Allan, Douglas A. Blackmon

Sam Pollard, Joyce Vaughn

Andrew Young

Jason Langston Pollard

Michael Bacon

Catherine Allan
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2012 | Sundance FilmFest
* Official selection
* Program Category: U.S. Documentary

Premieres on PBS
Monday, February 13, 2012 at 9pm ET / 8pm CT
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