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Secrets of the Dead

The little-known 1766 revolt on the slave ship Meermin and its intentional beaching at the southern tip of Africa forms the basis of a look at the South African slave trade as conducted by the Dutch East India Company. The dramatic, detailed re-creations of the mutiny, and how it unfolded and collapsed, are interwoven with the efforts of a university historian, a South African "heritage activist" descended from slaves, and a marine archaeologist searching for the shipwreck, who help piece together the event from different angles. Narration, location footage, computer graphics and models, and the court testimony of survivors (including that of Massavanna, the slaves' leader, who some call the "first South African freedom fighter") fill in the rest of the story. Note: some violent scenes. Grades 6 and up. Color. 54 minutes. PBS. ©2010.

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