Monday, April 14, 2008

Meeting David Wilson

MSNBC premiered the independent documentary film Meeting David Wilson this past Friday, and it was phenomenal. If you haven't heard about the film, it follows one young black man from New Jersey - David Wilson - to meet a middle-aged white man in North Carolina - David Wilson. See, the elder David's ancestors once owned the younger David's ancestors, as slaves on a tobacco plantation.

the meeting and subsequent conversation between the two men is extremely engaging. questions about the past, forgiveness, anger, and reparations are asked and answered honestly and respectfully. during the day spent together, the two become friends, and as i understand it, that bond is still strong after the making of the film. the piece ends with the flashing of a Martin Luther King quote on the screen:

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

The Here's the trailer:

Throughout the main focus of the film, a deeper, overarching question is asked by the younger, black David Wilson. it is, "What is wrong with black people?"

MSNBC hosted an extremely touching roundtable discussion, that lasted 3 hours, after the airing of the film. on the panel were normal faces like one of my faves - Dr Michael Eric Dyson - but also some people I had not yet heard of.

very, very good.
please, check out the trailer.

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