#DouglassWeek: Frederick Douglass - My Path to Freedom + Q&A

BBFC Rating#DouglassWeek: Frederick Douglass - My Path to Freedom + Q&A

Showing: 17 April 2024

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Wed 17 Apr 2024

CertificateNot Rated
Director(s)Keith Hoult
Running Time1HR 30MINS
Extra InfoFree screening + Q&A

A free screening of 3rd Strike Entertainment's filmed monologue featuring the words of Frederick Douglass, followed by a conversation with filmmakers Keith and Paul Hoult. Part of #DouglassWeek, an event series celebrating the work and life of abolitionist, Frederick Douglass.

In 1845 Frederick Douglass, who seven years earlier had escaped slavery in Maryland, wrote his first autobiography "My Narrative" at his new home in Lynn, Massachusetts. Frederick Douglass - My Path to Freedom is a monologue where Frederick (portrayed by Devanie Lothian) narrates his story using his own words and recalls key scenes in his young life that helped shape the man he became.

Frederick Douglas was born a slave in 1818 on Colonel Lloyd's plantation, in Talbot County, Maryland, USA. After his escape in 1838 he became a highly regarded orator promoting abolitionist ideals after his return from Ireland, Scotland and England. He befriended Abraham Lincoln and promoted the creation of Black regiments which helped tip the balance in the Union's favour after a year of stalemate in the American Civil War. As well as this he was at the forefront of women's suffrage near the end of his long life.

The fourth annual #DouglassWeek takes place in Belfast from 14-20 April 2024, highlighting the legacy of Frederick Douglass, and the impact of his life and work on issues such as identity, race and equal rights.