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After Sherman

Opens on March 27

Director: Jon Sesrie Goff Run Time: 88 min. Release Year: 2022

Join us following the film for a Q&A with the director Jon-Sesrie Goff.

Beautifully layered and expressionistic, After Sherman is a story about inheritance and the tension that defines our collective American history, especially Black history. The filmmaker follows his father, a minister, in the aftermath of a mass shooting at his church in Charleston, South Carolina to understand how communities of descendants of enslaved Africans use their unique faith as a form of survival as they continue to fight for America to live up to its many unfulfilled promises to Black Americans.

You can reach the land by dirt road, or by boat if you sail down the Santee River towards the Atlantic. This plot of land has been in my family since the 1860s when it was purchased by my ancestors after emancipation. The Hopswee plantation, where they were once enslaved still stands a mile away, now a wedding destination. The land presents unanswered questions about ownership, belonging, citizenship, and history. Its transformation from marsh to the mainline of American rice and wealth was predicated on the skilled labor and ingenuity of Africans, primarily from the rice coast of western Africa. The fields were abandoned after Emancipation when the formerly enslaved left for other trades. The land’s potential still exists. One day I will inherit this land. And I will inherit all of this history and presence that comes with it.

–Jon-Sesrie Goff

Jon-Sesrie Goff is a multidisciplinary artist and social change instigator. He has offered his lens to a variety of projects spanning many genres including award-winning documentaries. Works include Out in the Night (POV, Logo), Evolution of a Criminal (Independent Lens) and Spit on the Broom, among others.


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