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MICHAEL | FREE THE TOWN, a feature film

Michael, Brooklyn born and bred, visits Africa for the first time since his hazy childhood to reunite with his powerful Sierra Leonean father. Romanticizing a man and a country, Michael quickly learns reality is never quite as sweet.

FREE THE TOWN interweaves 3 lives in Freetown, Sierra Leone. A native virgin runs from a past riddled with witch accusations, she collides with two strangers: a Brooklyn teen reuniting with his estranged African father and a myopic filmmaker relentlessly pursuing a story of African witch exorcisms. In a country struggling to progress, we discover the past often has an unshakeable grasp on the future. 90 mins.

****FREE THE TOWN IS CURRENTLY IN DEVELOPMENT***

Whatever else slavery was, it was a system of sexual privilege.
Owners could participate freely in the slave-breeding process, whether as actors or voyeurs. There is ample evidence that this privilege was extensively exercised by Southern slave owners.

When the South went to war to defend the institution of slavery, it was, inescapably, defending the privilege of forced concubinage.

Perhaps, beyond purely economic considerations, part of the irrational intensity of the South’s defense of slavery came from the strength of slave owners’ attachment to that privilege.

—  Ned Sublette, from The World That Made New Orleans
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