Based on an iconic 1863 photo, a slave, torn from his family to work on rebel railroad, escapes into a swamp pursued by a cruel slave catcher, winds up in the Union Army.
Black Helen lives in Louisiana where she has more than she can handle–heal her mangy dog, as well as her pastor & jobless son, both men addicted to alcohol, plus her grandson being abused.
The early days of country/blues singer Huddie Ledbetter, from leaving home to playing in night spots through his several incarcerations to his “discovery” by John Lomax.
When Louisianan Pat Melacon & Emelda West lead a protest against a chemical company threatening to pollute their water, they have to battle their elected officials as well.
The film, based on the memoir of Solomon Northrop, is about his being kidnapped and set to hard labor as a slave on Louisiana plantations before winning his freedom after 12 years