OFFICIAL SELECTION - Santa Monica International Film Festival 2023 | ORSON WELLES AWARD WINNER - Tiburon International Film Festival 2022Race, Truth & Reconciliation • Black History • Slavery • Emancipation • Genealogy • Freedom • Roots • Abolition • Freedmen • Black Farming • American History • American South • Kentucky History • Privilege
Date of Completion: 2022 | Run Time: 89 minutes | Language: English | Captions: Yes | Includes: Transcript & Teaching Guide | Director: Jonathan Knight | Producers: Jonathan Knight & Le Datta Denise Grimes, PhD. | Writers: Le Datta Denise Grimes, PhD. & Carla Roda | Editor: Carla Roda | Executive Producers: Rachel Knight & Fanshen Cox
In INVENTED BEFORE YOU WERE BORN, white siblings Jonathan and Rachel Knight discover they are descendants of Kentucky slave holder Richard Bibb. Confronting this family history leads to meeting black descendants of the people enslaved by their ancestor. Joined by African American journalist and historian Le Datta Grimes, they set off on a journey to share the stories of descendants and cousins linked by enslavement and the inheritance of Bibb’s resources. Their efforts culminate in a powerful family reunion in Kentucky at the site that represents both bondage and freedom.