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A son of Africa

Author: Hakim AdiStuart HallIan DuffieldHakeem Kae-KazimFrederick AnnanAll authors
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : California Newsreel, 1996.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A docudrama based on the book, The interesting narrative of the life of Oloudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vaasa the African, which was the first influential slave autobiography. When it was published in 1789, it fueled a growing anti-slavery movement in the U.S. and England. This production employs dramatic reconstruction, archival material and interviews with scholars. Equiano's narrative begins in the West African  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary films
Biography
History
Named Person: Olaudah Equiano; Olaudah Equiano
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Hakim Adi; Stuart Hall; Ian Duffield; Hakeem Kae-Kazim; Frederick Annan; Cathy Tyson; Hugh Williams; Alrick Riley; Danny Padmore; Olaudah Equiano; Aimimage Productions.; British Broadcasting Corporation.; California Newsreel (Firm)
OCLC Number: 191955973
Notes: Date from disc label.
Originally produced for television in 1995.
Credits: Photography, James Aspinall ; editor, Greg Harris.
Performer(s): Narrator: Cathy Tyson.
Commentary: Hakim Adi, Stuart Hall, Ian Duffield. Actors: Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Frederick Annan.
Description: 1 videodisc (28 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD-R; may not play on all DVD players.
Responsibility: Aimimage Productions for the BBC ; producer, Hugh Williams ; director, Alrick Riley ; writer, Danny Padmore.

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A docudrama based on the book, The interesting narrative of the life of Oloudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vaasa the African, which was the first influential slave autobiography. When it was published in 1789, it fueled a growing anti-slavery movement in the U.S. and England. This production employs dramatic reconstruction, archival material and interviews with scholars. Equiano's narrative begins in the West African village where he was kidnapped into slavery in 1756. He was shipped to a Virginia plantation and then later sold again to a British naval officer. Here he learned to read and write, became a skilled trader, eventually bought his freedom and married into English society where he became a leading abolitionist.

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