Becoming Frederick Douglass

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Closing Night- Becoming Frederick Douglass & Harriet Tubman: Visions of Freedom with Stanley Nelson and Nicole London
SNF Parkway Theatre 1 Sun, May 1, 2022 7:00 PM
Join us in historic Parkway Theatre 1 for the last screening of the fest, a double feature of historical documentaries directed by nonfiction luminaries Stanley Nelson and Nicole London. Nelson and London will appear in person with a preview of two recent documentaries produced by Maryland Public Television and Firelight Media, Becoming Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman: Visions of Freedom. The evening will also include a post screening Q&A and a pre-show performance.
Film Info
Event Type:Short
Production Country:United States
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Stanley Nelson, Nicole London
Screenwriter:Anne Seidlitz
Produced By:Stanley Nelson, Nicole London, Mark Fason, Lynne Robinson
Cinematographer:Ismael Rodriguez
Editor:Mark Fason
Composer:Tom Phillips


Becoming Frederick Douglass is the story of how a man born into slavery became one of the most prominent statesmen and influential voices for democracy in American history. Born in 1818 on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, he escaped from slavery in 1838 and went on to become the most well-known leader of the abolitionist movement. A gifted writer and powerful, charismatic orator, it is estimated that more Americans heard Douglass speak than any other 19th-century figure — Black or white. The documentary explores how Douglass controlled his own image and narrative, embracing photography as a tool for social justice, and the role he played in securing the right to freedom and democracy for African Americans.