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Meeting David Wilson

4.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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A feature length documentary about the enduring legacy of slavery in today's young black society. David Wilson, a 28-year-old African-American journalist, travels into his family's past to find answers to America's racial divide. Along the way, he meets another David Wilson, the descendant of his family's slave master. This discovery leads to a momentous encounter between these two men of the same name but whose ancestors were on the opposite sides of freedom. The film first observes Dave as he revisits his upbringing in the gritty streets of Newark, New Jersey and how this negative environment stirred his desire to uncover the truth about his family's past. Through genealogical research, he discovers his roots are steeped in slavery in North Carolina. On the plantation where his ancestors were slaves, he finds that the ""Big House"" is still intact and owned by a direct descendant of his family's slave master. David decides to travel to North Carolina to meet this other David Wilson - a southern, white conservative.

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Product Details

  • Actors: VARIOUS
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: SEMINAL FILMS
  • DVD Release Date: January 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002SF9YUW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,975 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Meeting David Wilson" on IMDb

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By K. L. Collins on July 25, 2013
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I enjoyed watching this film with my family and the converstations that sparked after. I appreciate the candid thoughts shared by the creator and watching his opinions about a man he'd never met before change once they spent time together.
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I saw this first on MSNBC, in fact I taped it...advertisements and all but when I saw I could get it on DVD I immediately ordered it. It is well done, it tells the story of a white man and a black man who have the same name. The white man's family owned the black man's family as slaves. This story tells how we can become "one nation" united, not divided. I urge everyone to see it and especially people with school age children so they'll get the idea. Also, it is never boring or preachy.
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There are so many things that stood out in this film that are both surprising and thought-provoking. This was not the kind of film I expected it to be, and it was better than I hoped it would be. Sometimes it doesn't take all the "extras" that go into producing a film to deliver a good picture.
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This is an excellent video about bridging a century and one-half of time to connect two races in harmony and equality where 150 years ago one of the parties was in servitude to the other. I have just had a similar experience where I met a fine man whose great-great grandfather was once a slave on my great-great grandfather's plantation in the South. This film made me appreciate my new friend who though he may not be a cousin is definitely my brother. I salute the film maker and both Mr. Wilsons for their openness and courage to participate in this film.
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