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A story that tears at the heart of America, this critically acclaimed documentary from the director of "Bonhoeffer" explores Thomas Jefferson and his personal and public dilemma about race and slavery. For centuries people have asked how it is possible that the man who wrote the creed for America, declaring that "all men are created equal and entitled to the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." could also live his life as a slaveholder. "A View From The Mountain" confronts this paradox and also highlights recent DNA tests which indicate he had an affair and offspring with a house slave, Sally Hemings. "A View From The Mountain" also brings Jefferson's words and ideas to life through dozens of original handwritten letters, excerpts from original manuscripts, deeds of slave manumission, period newspapers, his will, political cartoons, and every known image of Jefferson painted during his lifetime. Many acclaimed performers lend their voices to the film, including Edward Herrmann, Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover and Robert Prosky. The readings complement interviews with noted historians including Pulitzer Prize(R)-winner Gordon Wood, civil rights leader Julian Bond, former congresswoman Barbara Jordan, and many others.
Interview with Dr. Gene Foster, who Conducted the DNA Studies on Jefferson and Sally Hemings, Director Biography, Trailers.
|Starring:||Edward Herrmann, Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover, Robert Prosky, Gordon Wood, Julian Bond, Barbara Jordan|
|Studio Name:||Team Marketing|
|DVD Release Date:||11/23/2004|
|Run Time (in minutes):||109 minutes|
|Audio Tracks:||AC, Dolby Digital Stereo|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.16|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.5 x 0.5 x 7.4|
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