Reunion Animates “The Transatlantic Slave Trade” for The Equal Justice Initiative

Creative director Chris Carboni and his crew at Reunion in Brooklyn partner with US non-profit The Equal Justice Initiative to animate six films about the history of slavery and racial injustice in America.

Chris Carboni: “The Transatlantic Slave Trade, narrated by Don Cheadle, is one of the films from this series currently on display for public viewing at The Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama.

“This is a film about the many disparate participants whose combined actions allowed slavery to function in America, and the elaborate false narrative put in place to gain public support for the enslavement of Black people.

“Given the sweeping nature of this historical account – spanning many locations through many years – we knew we needed the audience to feel fully immersed and to easily be able to follow the thread of events. So it was important that our approach to design be cinematic, clear-eyed, and direct.

“The transatlantic slave trade left a lasting mark on American life. And the narratives that emerged to support the trade, set up central problems of racial hierarchy that continue to shape America today.”
 
EJI The Transatlantic Slave Trade Don Cheadle Reunion | STASH MAGAZINE

EJI The Transatlantic Slave Trade Don Cheadle Reunion | STASH MAGAZINE

EJI The Transatlantic Slave Trade Don Cheadle Reunion | STASH MAGAZINE

EJI The Transatlantic Slave Trade Don Cheadle Reunion | STASH MAGAZINE

EJI The Transatlantic Slave Trade Don Cheadle Reunion | STASH MAGAZINE
 
Client: The Equal Justice Initiative

Production: Reunion
Creative Director: Chris Carboni
Producer: John Bega
Art Director: Elena Chudoba
Design: Elena Chudoba, Chris Carboni, Heather Aquino
Animation: Andy Kennedy, Matt Choi, Joey Gasiorek, Elaine Lee, Chris Carboni

Music/Sound: Sanctus
Voice: Don Cheadle

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