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P.O.V. Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North (1988– ) watch online HD

P.O.V. Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North (1988– ) watch online HD
  • Original title:Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North
  • Category:TV Episode / Documentary
  • Released:1988–
  • Director:Katrina Browne,Alla Kovgan
  • Actors:Katrina Browne,Keila DePoorter,Tom DeWolf
  • Writer:Katrina Browne,Alla Kovgan
  • Duration:1h 26min
  • Video type:TV Episode

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Short summary

History finally gets rewritten as descendants of the largest slave-trading family in early America face their past, and present, as they explore their violent heritage across oceans and continents.

User reviews

  • comment
    • Author: VizoRRR
    I was very eager to see this documentary - as it is a very engaging story. However, following this group of vain, falsely humble, offensively self indulgent members of the 21st Century DeWolf family it proved quickly disappointing.

    For 86 minutes they grapple with the many wounds imposed upon them by the sins of their forefathers some 160+ years ago. It is a shame because this family of 18th and 19th Century 'Mayfair Witches" is historically interesting and extremely evil on a human level. That coupled with the wonderful title of the piece, "Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North" - it had all the elements of a top-notch documentary. Instead it was merely a bunch of tepid cry babies whining in unison, "me, me, me, me, me."

    If there had been an objective director it might have been salvageable, but then the focus would have been on something bigger than them.
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    • Author: Funny duck
    This is a very personal story. It is that of the many white Americans today grappling with their own ancestral identity, entwined in the horrors of the African slave trade. It is not really the story of the African American. But that's OK because everyone has feelings, everyone has the right to process their own past, 'tepid self indulgent' (quote from previous reviewer) whites included.

    However my lower rating comes not out of criticism for the film's credibility, just that I am not a fan of these 'personal journey' type documentaries. I was hoping it was more informative and less egocentric, as it focused more on their reactions to places and events rather than a rigorous break-down of the North's involvement in the legal and illegal slave trade. More focus on slave plantations in Cuba would have been appreciated also. But again, that wasn't the purpose of this documentary.

    On a side note: a particularly poignant moment in the film was near the end, where each of the family members discloses their educational history; 8/9 attended (or parents attended? Was unclear) Ivy League schools. That's not a coincidence. Money and privilege run down through the generations, as does poverty and disenfranchisement. These are symptoms of the past, which is why healing and understanding and ongoing support is so crucial for the historically subjugated.
  • Episode credited cast:
    Katrina Browne Katrina Browne - Herself
    Keila DePoorter Keila DePoorter - Herself
    Tom DeWolf Tom DeWolf - Himself
    Holly Fulton Holly Fulton - Himself
    Elly Hale Elly Hale - Himself
    Ledlie Laughlin Ledlie Laughlin - Herself
    Elizabeth Sturges Llerena Elizabeth Sturges Llerena - Herself
    Dain Perry Dain Perry - Himself
    James Perry James Perry - Himself
    Jim Perry Jim Perry - Himself
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