‘Home’ will be accompanied at the event by fellow short film ‘1745.’
Taking the audience back to 18th century Scotland, it chronicles the escape of two young black enslaved sisters.
When they disappear into the wilds of Scotland, the sisters must use all of their courage and strength to survive and stay free.
Screenwriter Moraya Akande stars alongside her sister, Moyo Akande, and Game of Thrones’ Clive Russell.
“If you saw the 2019 film ‘Harriet’ last year, you will see echoes of that in ‘1745,’ in the form of slaves who run away or abscond from their masters,” Prof. Burnard said.
Prof. Burnard, who joined the Wilberforce Institute as its new director in January, will open ‘The Human Toll of Slavery’ event and introduce the historical background to ‘1745.’
After the two short films have been screened, a panel discussion will take place with Dr Alicia Kidd of the Wilberforce Institute, Andrew Smith, chair of the Humber Modern Slavery Partnership, and Mark Kelk, of the Hull Adult Safeguarding Board at Hull City Council.
The Wilberforce Institute received royal recognition when it was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2015 for its transformational research into slavery.
More recently, the Institute was selected to be one of the partners behind the new national £10m Policy and Evidence Centre on Modern Slavery and Human Rights.
The Centre aims to transform our understanding of modern slavery and then build a robust legal and policy framework that can focus on eradicating it.
‘The Human Toll of Slavery’ will be held on Tuesday, March 31 from 6 pm to 7.30 pm in Middleton Hall, University of Hull.
Tickets are free.
Find out more and register here.