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OWNING the SLAVE introduces Andy Stringfellow, a Comox Valley local who moved to Canada, leaving behind the United States and the rich African-American culture of the rural south where he was raised. Thirty years later, the only black man in a white town, Andy offers a frank, complex view into the experience of being an outsider.

Because of heart disease, Andy has had to give up his successful career as a clinical counsellor. Determined to continue his personal evolution, he overcomes his lifelong need to keep his inner-self hidden. His journey is about reclaiming oneself from imposed social, political and personal patterns and restrictions.

Andy's spontaneous performances of traditional songs complement original music composed and played by Michel Leblanc.

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