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"All or Nothin'" exposes the bitter truths of oppression, manipulation and misogyny inherent in American slavery. It also emphasizes teamwork, selflessness and triumph. The movie was filmed along the four-state route believed traveled during the 1853 escape, which included Cincinnati, Ohio.
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In the 83-minute dramatization, John Fairfield, an Underground Railroad conductor, guides an enslaved group from a Boone County, Kentucky farm to Canada. At the same time, Washington Barker leads his wife and loved ones out of enslavement from a neighboring farm. The two men collide and then collaborate to lead 28 slaves to freedom. Based on true events, this epic adventure creates a realistic portrayal of the players—black and white, men and women—essential to executing the escape.
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The film’s editor Ben Devine speaks on how this project is different to others. “What I am most proud of about this project is that we have been given the opportunity to tell one of the most incredible historical events about the Underground Railroad. But not just a story regarding the hatred and violence that we’ve become accustomed to with this genre, but a story that focuses on the collaboration and sympathy between races, rather than the segregation. It’s a universal concept, and I believe the more positivity we can shed on this subject matter, the closer we as a society become whole.”
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“The generosity of property owners, historians and descendants made this project possible,” said director Charles K. Campbell in a press release to this news organization.
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Campbell worked tirelessly to capture authentic weapons, set, skiffs, music and wardrobe. "Slavery films seldom depict the harmony between seemingly opposing factions. Albeit entertaining, I structured All or Nothin' to spark introspection, conversation and tools for inclusion and diversity programs." said Campbell.
The event will include photo ops, a movie screening and Q&A with the director and cast.
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Want to go?
WHAT: "All or Nothin'" screening event
WHERE: Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park N., Dayton
WHEN: Thursday, April 19 at 5 p.m.
INFO: Call 937-223-4278