Sally Hemings: An American Scandal (2000)

Genres - Drama, Historical Film  |   Sub-Genres - Historical Epic  |   Run Time - 240 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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This miniseries details the complex real-life relationship between Thomas Jefferson (Sam Neill), author of the Declaration of Independence and his slave Sally Hemings (Carmen Ejogo). Fuelled by recent DNA evidence of the Hemings-Jefferson relationship, the miniseries sidesteps much of Jefferson's political life and instead focuses on the love story. Though she acquired her freedom at age 16 while traveling with Jefferson to France, she faithfully remained with her lover throughout his life in spite of emotional consequences to both her brother and her children -- who were doomed to be sold as slaves.

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President, lover, slave girl, DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid), Declaration-of-Independence, relationship