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Moving Midway (2008/First Run Features DVD)


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Documentary: C+



Slavery is a tough issue to deal with, but even odder is dealing with the legacy of the Southern Plantation, large sprawling lands whose beauty hid the terror of human slavery which was the main source of its wealth.  Besides the debate of reparations and justice, there are the actual locations.  The ones that stand can be the most disturbing of landmarks, yet they have their important history that cannot be ignored.  Godfrey Cheshire deals with some of this in Moving Midway (2008) when one suddenly needs to be relocated.


The program takes the materials and situation seriously and it turns out the white owners had it as their home long after slavery was abolished.  However, as it moves on, so much is predictable.  Racism remains, there are more “mixed-race” births than anyone wants to admit and denial is the end of the road the lies and insults that make this an uncomfortable situation for so many to begin with.  I thought the coverage of myths surrounding plantations were overly simple and could have been handled in a richer way, but the uneven work still manages to be worth a look and could be the beginning of such works.  Obviously, the untold stories are many and numerous.


The 1.33 X 1 image originated on analog NTSC video with some archive footage on film and video, plus many stills throughout, but it is all softer overall than it should be with more aliasing than expected.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 sound is simple stereo at best from the location sound in particular.  Extras include bonus scenes, more interviews, stills, text filmmaker bios and DVD-ROM PDF access to two related articles.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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