Based on the 2019 ProPublica article, the documentary recounts the riveting narrative of the Reels family, led by the matriarch fondly known as "Mamie." Ever since the days following emancipation, the Reels family dedicated themselves to farming, fishing, and painstakingly forging a sustainable existence upon their expansive parcel of land nestled along the coastal reaches of North Carolina’s Silver Dollar Road.
Their unwavering stance led to their wrongful conviction for civil contempt in 2011, resulting in the harshest sentence ever issued for such an offense in North Carolina—eight long years behind bars. Finally released in 2019, Mamie, Melvin, and Licurtis continue their arduous struggle to reclaim the land that was unjustly ripped from their ancestral embrace.
Silver Dollar Road is produced by Rémi Grellety, Blair Foster, Hébert Peck, and Raoul Peck. It is written and directed by Raoul Peck.
Silver Dollar Road will be available in theaters on October 13, 2023 and will be streaming globally on Prime Video on October 20, 2023.