LITCHFIELD — On Sunday, Feb. 16, at 2 p.m. in St. Michael’s Community House, church members will show the film “Traces of the Trade.”
Katrina Browne, an Episcopalian and filmmaker, produced and directed the Emmy-nominated “Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North,” a documentary about her discovery that her ancestors, the DeWolfs of Rhode Island, were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine cousins retraced the Triangle Trade and gained powerful new perspectives on the black/white divide. Director Browne was interviewed on the Sundance Channel on Jan. 21, 2008 in conjunction with the world premiere of the film as an Official Selection at the Sundance Film Festival 2008 in Park City, Utah and the revealing movie is as poignant and relevant today.
This fascinating exploration of the participation of the New Englanders in the nation’s most damaging sin is being shown by St. Michael’s in response to the work of Episcopal churches on racial reconciliation. Michael Curry, the presiding Bishop in Connecticut, defines reconciliation as the spiritual practice of seeking a loving, liberating and life-giving relationship with God and one another, and striving to heal and transform injustice and brokenness in ourselves, our communities, institutions, and society.
A discussion and refreshments will follow the screening. All are welcome and there will be a freewill offering. St. Michael’s-Litchfield community house is located at 23 South Street, just off the Litchfield Green and across the driveway for the church. Call 860-567-9465for details.