Gina's Journey: The Search for William Grimes (2017)

A woman's journey to discover and trace the steps of her ancestor, who traveled along the Underground Railroad to freedom, and authored the first slave narrative in U.S. history.


Sean Durant


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Credited cast:
Celeste Creel ... Regina E. Mason
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Samantha Abrams Samantha Abrams ... Slave
Fancy Acholonu Fancy Acholonu ... Mother of William Grimes
Kurtis Anton ... Kyle Law Rutherford
Simone Baker ... Kid #1
Crystal Porter Bazemore ... Janet Brown (as Syr Law)
Avi Bernard ... Young Robert Brown
Griffin Brown Griffin Brown ... Child William Grimes
Nicci Capote Nicci Capote ... University Student
Janna Cardia ... Misstress Thornton
Jayme Catalano Jayme Catalano ... Producer
Felicia Miracle Cipolla Felicia Miracle Cipolla ... Sheryl Cabrerra
Keith David ... Narrator
Jasmin Day Jasmin Day ... Slave
Barnaby Falls ... Oliver Sturges


A woman's journey to discover and trace the steps of her ancestor, who traveled along the Underground Railroad to freedom, and authored the first slave narrative in U.S. history.

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17 February 2017 (USA) See more »

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New Haven, Connecticut, USA See more »

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Is there a more important story in American History, than this?
4 September 2017 | by kire1975See all my reviews

An African-American woman's search through family genealogy records reveals she is the descendant of the first slave narrator in US history. With no higher education and very little work experience as a result of being a stay at home mother, Gina works hard to become a respected published author herself.

This is a very inspiring story. Completely relevant to everything that's going on today. It's narrated by David Keith, a well known voice actor. It will do well and is definitely a contender for winning an award. This film should get picked up by and shown on PBS. There are many people interested in genealogy these days and of course there isn't a more important story in American History, than that of the first slave narrator. I can say that with complete confidence. It doesn't feel like a typical cinema movie, but we would be foolish not to select this one for viewing at the festival. Highest recommendation.

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