Irish Film Screenings – Frederick Douglass and the White Negro

Mural of Frederick Douglass in Belfast

From the beginning of July I began working as a programmer for the Irish Popcorn! series, a monthly screening of Irish films by Solas Nua.
The first event I am producing will be on the 26th of August.

Frederick Douglass and the White Negro is a 2008 documentary by Camel Productions that explores Frederick Douglass’ journey to Ireland in 1845 and the influence that experience had on his return to the United States.
The film also explores the relationship between African Americans and Irish Americans during the time of the American Civil War.

This free event is being co-hosted by NYU DC, and the screening will be facilitated via Zoom.

A post-film discussion will feature:

  • Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. – Co-Founder & President of Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, and a direct descendant of Frederick Douglass & Booker T Washington.
  • Prof. Christine Kinealy – founding director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University and the foremost authority on Frederick Douglass’ time in Ireland and Britain.
  • John J. Doherty – Director and narrator of Frederick Douglass and the White Negro.

Introduction by Solas Nua’s Kate Meenan-Waugh

The year 2020 has been an extraordinary year in very many ways. Setting aside the global pandemic, Black Lives Matters itself went global as a result of the murder of George Floyd. We hope our film can continue to contribute to the conversation on race, racism and injustice in this new wave of awareness.

Camel Productions

Published by Seán Wrenn

Filmmaker/Writer • From Grange, Limerick, Ireland living in Broomfield, Colorado