Loyalties

 

- Canada Award Gemini

 

- Hot Docs Award, Toronto

 

- Golden Sheaf Award,

Yorkton Film Festival

 

One of the 10 Best Documentaries of 2000

- American Film Institute

 

This documentary is the story of two women whose meeting brought together two halves of a whole story: that of slave owner and slave. Dr. Ruth Whitehead met graduate student Carmelita Robertson in 1995 when the younger woman came to do research at the Museum of Natural History in Halifax. Carmelita casually mentioned that her relatives had come to Nova Scotia from South Carolina as Black Loyalists in the late 1700s. As she recited the names of her ancestors, Ruth shuddered at the strange familiarity. She had come from South Carolina too. Ruth and Carmelita embark on a journey to Charleston in search of their connection, an undertaking that takes them to a modern South where the Klan is still on trial for burning black churches.

 

Directed by: Lesley Ann Patten

Producer: Lesley Ann Patten, Kent Martin

Editor: Peter Giffen

Cinematography: Kent Nason

Music: Steven Naylor

Sound: Jane Porter

Ziji Film and Television Productions and the National Film Board of Canada

 

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