Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North follows filmmaker Katrina Browne and nine fellow DeWolf family descendants, ranging from siblings to seventh cousins, as they retrace the steps of the Triangle Slave Trade, visiting the historic DeWolf hometown of Bristol, Rhode Island, slave forts on the coast of Ghana (highlighted in Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing), and the ruins of a family plantation in Cuba. Back home, the family members grapple with questions we all face in the United States today: What is the legacy of slavery and racism? What do we inherit as individuals and as a nation? What would healing look like? The Emmy-nominated documentary was an Official Selection of the Sundance Film Festival and premiered on national television on the acclaimed PBS series P.O.V.
Long-time Central Oregon resident, Tom DeWolf, is featured in the film and will facilitate the post-screening discussion. Tom wrote about his experience making the film in his book Inheriting the Trade (Beacon Press). This screening was envisioned by long-time Sisters resident Bonnie Malone, and is supported by Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Sisters in partnership with the Deschutes Library District and A Novel Idea.
"Traces of the Trade is a stark reminder of how far this nation has come and the distance it must yet go. . ." DeWayne Wickham, Gannett News Service
"A moving film." Bill Moyers, Bill Moyers Journal, PBS