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Can a series of short filmed re-enactments capture the moral, ethical, and social climate which would contribute to committment of the U.S. to taht of a divided nation? Dilemmas from the point of view of the United states founding fathers thus explore their choices, values, bias' in front of a mixed racial, gender, contemporary 21st centruy American congressial hearing. The very nature of human rights, vast shifting social and cultural values are explored and there legacy and impact still haunting us within the RE-slave series of films.

Additional  Commentary below

The issues present both from a historical set of choices and perspectives are mirrored in the Nuremberg trials, "We operated in the political and social climate of our country, on orders".  Is the fact that an abolitionist movement existed in the Colonies at the time, and that Negro (African Americans) fought in the Amercian revolution on General Washington factors to be ignored in the formation of constitutional rights for all?


As demonstrated by the Whitney Biennial 2017 in New York City, the debate of “White Artist’s appropriation of formal artistic styles, content, imagery and social iconography” as a practiced norm dominates an art world which until recently has ignored, marginalized and excluded racial, ethnic, sexual identity individuals and communities and cultures from participation.

Yet this is not the debate alone, for it is time to create artworks of intelligence which address the clash of cultural icons and operating values of various periods in United States history with the present and future values of 21st century and its fundamental drivers of individual and human rights within the formation of governmental, political, and social identity systems forming the cultural landscape of today. This appropriation of the the iconic individuals, monuments, land marks etc of “single race, single male gender supremacy” in the United States and juxtaposing those against the values of human rights conducted in formal settings of U.S. congressional hearings.  Thus the culpability expressed  by enofrcing slavery as a economic means and a culture's dominance over individual thought and choice expressed fervently in example at the Nuremberg trials would be the result.