Film Viewing: “Gina’s Journey: The Search for William Grimes”
Partnering with the NAACP Oakland, we will be showing the documentary film “Gina’s Journey: The Search for William Grimes” on Monday, February 19 at 11 a.m., with lunch provided following the film. The film will be shown in the Julia Morgan Chapel and is free to the public. Everyone is encouraged to attend.
Narrated by veteran actor and voice artist Keith David, the story follows the quest of one woman, Regina Mason, in tracing the steps of her ancestor who traveled along the Underground Railroad to freedom and authored the first fugitive slave narrative in United States history.
Produced by Your Media 2, the film is based on the Afterward of the authoritative edition of the book, “Life of William Grimes, the Runaway Slave” by Regina Mason and published in 2008. The Afterword, “My Long Road Back to William Grimes” reveals Mason’s 15-year path to authenticate her ancestor’s story and the intense personal sacrifices that made editing and publishing a new edition of the Grimes narrative possible.
In making the film, Director and Producer Sean Durant sought to convey not only Mason’s long road to uncover her past, but also the unimaginable conditions that faced William Grimes as he struggled to free himself from slavery.