Railroad Ties

Railroad Ties

Directed by Sacha Jenkins

Premiering at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, this moving docu-short traces the lineage of six descendants of fugitive slaves and abolitionists. The very human story of the Underground Railroad unfolds through Ancestry records, each discovery revealing the dynamic impact our history has on identity, family and legacy. The film takes a personal look at how understanding our family’s past can influence not just who we are, but how we see ourselves.

Premiering at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, this moving docu-short traces the lineage of six descendants of fugitive slaves and abolitionists, revealing the very human story of the Underground Railroad.

Cast: Seth Nichols, Nile Stanford, Cecelia Penn-Diallo, Candace Penn

Member Reviews

Very moving. Would love to see a longer version with more information. Side note: I was struck by how much Lewis Tappan looks like Karl Malden.

PhyllisS
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7 months ago

Genuinely enjoyed this. Very moving and impactful short! Great job

backroadgypsy67
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8 months ago

Excellent story! We Americans need to learn more about slavery than we were taught in school. Genealogical stories, like those captured in this short documentary, are effective ways of bringing the past alive.

Zelig
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9 months ago

Railroad Ties is 24 minutes of emotion, surprise, and connection. It should be played in every history class in high school. I was overcome with joy for these people. This short documentary grabs you, draws you in, and makes you want to watch more. I hope Sundance will produce more of these real stories. Exceptional television.

DCL
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a year ago

I never knew this history about Brooklyn and want to visit Plymouth Church. What a beautiful story and I loved learning about their connections and history. Have tissues handy.

Stephanie16
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a year ago