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After Sherman

Jon-Sesrie Goff and Madeleine Hunt Ehrlich in person

  • Sunday, May 8, 2022
  • 2:00 p.m.
  • West Building Lecture Hall

Registration is required and opens on April 29 at 12:00 p.m.

After Sherman is a layered and personal portrait of the American South today, an update to General Sherman’s field orders to deed the land of low country to freed, formerly enslaved people after the Civil War—only to have that promise destroyed by years of racist laws and state violence. Stories told by members of Goff’s Gullah Geechee community in South Carolina, especially conversations with his own father, provide resonance “and add finer details. Generations of families stand side by side in one frame acting as quiet evidence of the depth of [their] roots.”—Lovia Gyarkye (Jon-Sesrie Goff, 2022, 90 minutes)

Preceded by a selection of shorts made collaboratively, including From Sea to Sea, a look across the Atlantic from the Cape Coast in Ghana to Coastal Carolina in the Americas (Jon Sesrie-Goff, 2017, 1 minute); Outfox the Grave, a spell of protection (Madeleine Hunt Ehrlich, 2020, 5 minutes); and Spit on the Broom, which explores the margins of the history of the United Order of Tents, a clandestine organization of Black women organized in the 1840s during the height of the Underground Railroad. (Madeleine Hunt Ehrlich, 2019, 13 minutes)