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This award-winning film, narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, examines a little known aspect of American history, when newly freed slaves throughout the South formed benevolent societies to respond to abject hunger, illness and the fear of a pauper's grave. The Fair Hope Benevolent Society in Uniontown, Alabama, provides an unprecedented look at the complex and morally ambiguous juxtaposition of the Society with the worldly pleasures of what has become known as the annual Foot Wash celebration.

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  • Actors: Whoopi Goldberg
  • Directors: S. Epatha Merkerson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: The Disinformation Company
  • DVD Release Date: January 14, 2014
  • Run Time: 67 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00G9YZ718
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,218 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Compusurge on January 6, 2014
The directorial debut of acclaimed actress S. Epatha Merkerson tackles a slice of American history not exposed before. Exploring the contradiction of The Fair Hope Benevolent Society (what it was originally and what it is now), the film tells of story of slavery in a unique fashion that will definitely be a surprise to viewers. It traces the developments, struggles, contributions and gradual loss of traditions of one of the last remaining African American benevolent societies and it contrasts deity and the devil, preaching and prostitution, gospel and guns, devotion and drugs and heaven and hell.
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I strongly urge every African American civic as well as private institution to obtain copies of this documentary for use as an educational tool. The entrenched establishment cannot nor will not permit this type of information to be made available to the nations youth so that they will understand the psychological reasons behind much of their social behaviors. Popular black "reality" television programs are merely mirror images of the "Foot Wash" carnival in Alabama. Purchase this DVD and turn your living rooms into mini theaters as soon as possible!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Vivian Studevan on March 6, 2014
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This untold story in African American history was an excellent adult documentary moving from a powerful historic past to the present.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. White on March 15, 2014
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I ordered several copies of this and gave it to friends after seeing a screening of this film at the African American History Museum in Philadelphia PA. Thank you to the producers and filmmaker!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charlyss Ray Brandon on April 25, 2014
Excellent documentary. I loved the coverage of this society throughout the years. I had not heard of the Fair Hope Benevolent Society and admired their
original purpose. It's cool that they have continued on with their primary purpose which contradicts with the yearly "near orgy" that is in their name.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By john darren williams on February 6, 2014
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The history of an event is always interesting. You'd never believe how they get started. This is a great documentary.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By william h. allen, jr on December 9, 2014
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Interesting historical value as it relates to a Southern small Black town.
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