Official Trailer for Raoul Peck’s North Carolina Doc ‘Silver Dollar Road’

by Alex Billington
September 9, 2023
Source: YouTube

Silver Dollar Road Doc Trailer

“Whatever you do, don’t let the White man have my land.” Amazon’s Prime Video has revealed the official trailer for the new documentary film from acclaimed filmmaker Raoul Peck, of the docs Fatal Assistance, I Am Not Your Negro, Exterminate All the Brutes. His latest is called Silver Dollar Road, another story about American racism. It’s premiering at the 2023 Toronto Film Festival, with screenings at the Camden, Aspen, & Nashville Film Festival as well. A Black family in North Carolina has been harassed for decades by land developers attempting to take their waterfront property. For generations, the North Carolina property known locally as Silver Dollar Road was passed through the hands of an African American family, the Reels. But the Reels family’s fortunes changed in the 1970s when developers sought to drive out Black landowners and profit from the real estate. Oscar-nominated director Raoul Peck tells the story of how the Reels battled over several decades to save their land. Based on an article from 2019 about all of this. Looks outstanding, as expected from Peck – a story of never giving up fighting for what is truly yours. A must watch doc trailer.

Here’s the first official trailer for Raoul Peck’s doc Silver Dollar Road, direct from PV’s YouTube:

Silver Dollar Road Poster

From Oscar-nominee Raoul Peck, Silver Dollar Road follows the story of the Reels family as told by the matriarch Mamie Reels Ellison and her niece Kim Renee Duhon, two fierce and clear-eyed women bending to safeguard valiantly their ancestors’ land and their brothers and uncles Melvin and Licurtis, who were wrongfully imprisoned for eight years – the longest sentence for civil contempt in North Carolina history. This documentary, based on the 2019 ProPublica article, highlights the covert ways the legal system has been exploited to keep Black land ownership fragile and the racial wealth gap growing. Silver Dollar Road is directed by acclaimed doc filmmaker Raoul Peck, director of the docs Lumumba, Profit & Nothing But!, Fatal Assistance, Exterminate All the Brutes, and the Oscar-nominated I Am Not Your Negro, plus also the feature films Haitian Corner, The Man by the Shore, Desounen: Dialogue with Death, Murder in Pacot, and The Young Karl Marx. Produced by Rémi Grellety, Blair Foster, Hébert Peck, and Raoul Peck. This is premiering at the 2023 Toronto Film Festival this month. Amazon will then debut Peck’s Silver Dollar Road doc in select US theaters on October 13th, 2023, then streaming on Prime Video starting October 20th.

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