'After the Flood' film screening with Q&A

The Church, Slavery and Reconciliation

Wells and Transatlantic Slavery Network present feature documentary ‘After the Flood’ film screening with Q&A

Saturday 9 March 2024
1.45 p.m. – 4.45 p.m. (arrival from 1.15 p.m.)
at Cedars Hall, Wells BA5 2ST
Tickets: £8–£10 via Eventbrite

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About the Documentary

This 67 minute feature documentary shows how the 18th-century Church became embroiled in chattel slavery. We discover how the Church justified its involvement in the trade and its lasting impact, and explore what this means for Christian reconciliation today. Watch the trailer below:

Film Screening and Q&A

This event marks the one-year anniversary of the Wells and Transatlantic Slavery Conference where speakers from Britain and the Caribbean came together to share histories, legacies and perspectives regarding the connection between Wells and Transatlantic Slavery.  All of the recordings can be found on the website.

The panel for the Q&A includes:

Guest speaker: Robert Beckford, Professor of Climate and Social Justice at Winchester University; BAFTA award winning film maker and the narrator in ‘After the Flood’.
Co-host: Revd Alton Bell, Chair of Movement for Justice & Reconciliation (MJR)
Co-host: Susann Savidge, Somerset African Caribbean Network

following the event, the Q&A session will be uploaded onto the website.

A self-guided trail to historic sites linking the City of Wells to British slavery can be downloaded from the website, or freely available to pick up in Wells Cathedral, The Bishop’s Palace, Wells & Mendip Museum and St Cuthbert’s church. You may like to come to Wells earlier in the day on the Saturday 9 March to pick up a trail leaflet and walk around Wells.

This Wells and Transatlantic Slavery Network event has been organised by the following organisations in particular: Diocese of Bath and Wells, Wells Cathedral, Somerset African Caribbean Network, Movement for Justice & Reconciliation (MJR), Wells Cathedral School who have kindly hosted the event at Cedars Hall and Wells Civic Society who have kindly helped fund the event.

Tickets are available via Eventbrite (link at top of page) for £10 (adults) and £8 (students), and include tea/coffee during the interval.

Further Learning

MJR have produced an ‘After the Flood’ resource to enable further learning and professional development. The workbook is invaluable for study groups or individuals who wish to explore the themes in the film further.

The workbooks are available at the event and cost £5 (cash payment only). Revd. Prebendary Narinder Tegally,  Diocese of Bath and Wells UKME Champion will lead a study group at Wells Cathedral for those who wish to explore further the themes raised in the film of racial justice and reconciliation in our society today.

To find out more, please email  Jessica.witchell@wellscathedral.org.uk.

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