'Slavery by Another Name' wins praise, applause at Sundance Film Festival

The highly-anticipated PBS documentary Slavery by Another Name was incredibly well received at the Sundance Film Festival. The movie’s director, Sam Pollard, received a 2-minute long standing ovation. Eur Web reports:

*Following a screening of the 90-minute documentary “Slavery by Another Name” at the Sundance Film Festival on Monday, the audience gave a nearly 2-minute standing ovation for its director Sam Pollard.

As previously reported, the film makes its PBS debut on Feb. 13 at 9 p.m., as part of the channel’s Black History Month programming.

Based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Douglas A. Blackmon, the documentary chronicles the decades after the Emancipation Proclamation when blacks were pulled back into forced labor under a system in which men, often guilty of no crime at all, were arrested, compelled to work without pay and repeatedly bought and sold. Tolerated by both the North and South, forced labor lasted well into the 20th century.

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