Silver Dollar Road

Loft Film Fest

Silver Dollar Road


General Admission: $12 | Loft Members: $10

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A Black family in North Carolina battles decades of harassment by land developers trying to seize their waterfront property, in this searing documentary from Oscar-nominated director Raoul Peck (I Am Not Your Negro). For generations, the North Carolina waterfront property known locally as Silver Dollar Road was passed through the hands of an African American family, the Reels. Family members describe it as an idyllic spot where they could earn a living from fishing and growing their own food while isolating themselves from the violence of white supremacy.But the family’s fortunes changed in the 1970s when developers sought to drive out Black landowners and profit from the real estate. Filmmaker Raoul Peck tells the story of how the Reels battled over several decades to save their land.  Peck’s depiction of the Reels unfolds with novelistic detail, profiling the matriarch Gertrude in her nineties and her sons, Melvin Davis and Licurtis Reels.  The film’s cinematic portrayal of the land and water deeply conveys why it means more to the Reels than any developer’s offer. As their case churns through the courts, we witness how power is wielded against Black families in ways both blatant and subtle. But the Reels never give up their fight. (Dir. by Raoul Peck, 2023, USA, 100 mins, Rated PG)

Other festivals: Toronto

1 HR 40 MIN | PG

Released 2023
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