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After Sherman

Jon Sesrie Goff, dir. | The Film Collaborative | 1 hr 28 min

About the Film

When the real estate of the southern U.S. coast is eyed by the wealthy, tax hikes and land auctions threaten the homes of the Gullah people who live there and have been stewards of the region for generations. Under the orders of General William Sherman, the property was originally deeded to freed slaves after the civil war. This is their inheritance. It is not just a commodity for the Gullah people, but a family resource. Their lives, livelihood, history, and language are all inherently tied to the land; it is the basis of their pastoral culture. But when the land is at risk, the Gullah culture is also at risk. Told through personal narratives, the documentary After Sherman is the story of a community that endures in the low country—despite how the effects of systemic racism have led to recent threats of gentrification and a horrific hate crime. It is a meditation, rich and warm, on what exactly makes a home: the land, the people on it, and the community created together through tradition and shared history.

Credits

DIRECTOR: Jon-Sesrie Goff

Jon-Sesrie Goff is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, and arts administrator, whose work on award-winning films includes Out in the Night (2015), Evolution of a Criminal (2015), Spit on the Broom (2019), and After Sherman (2022).

PRODUCER
Blair Dorosh-Walther, Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich, Jon-Sesrie Goff

EDITOR
Blair Seab McClendon

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Erika Dilday, Leslie Fields-Cruz, Sally Jo Fifer, Justine Nagan, Chris White

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