Reparations…Now, a work in progress, is a documentary with an audio track consisting of Black people reflecting on issues associated with the dilemma of slavery and its ramifications in the 21st century—ranging from the sublime and banal to the vitriolic and bloody. The film’s images are selected and combined in a pastiche of emotional and intellectual montage so as to compel the viewer to contemplate the terror of everyday Black life and the impossibility of “repairing” a slave. Interviews with politicos, scholars, artists, and work-a-day and homeless Black folks are cross-cut with still photography and swaths of the director’s monologue about the psychic and political wounds of a middle class Black family that descended from the White Castle Plantation in Louisiana (now an “historic site”: combination bed-and-breakfast resort). The film deliberates, without resolution, on unnamable loss.
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