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Gaining Ground: The Fight for Black Land

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In just a few decades after the end of enslavement, Black Americans were able to amass millions of acres of farmland. Today approximately 90% of that land is no longer in Black hands. Various factors have been employed to take Black land, including violence, eminent domain and government discrimination. But it is a little-known issue — heirs’ property — that has had a devastating effect on Black land ownership. Gaining Ground: The Fight for Black Land is a timely and stirring documentary from Emmy-nominated producer/director Eternal Polk and Al Roker Entertainment that examines the causes, effects what is being done to fight the exploitation of these issues, and how landowners are reclaiming their agricultural legacy and creating paths to generational wealth.

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Eternal Polk


Eternal Polk is a two time Emmy nominated director, writer, and segment producer with over 20 years working on short and long form projects including documentaries, music videos, branded content, & commercials. Intimate, nuanced, intentional while placing subjects on a pedestal to display their humanity is how Eternal describes his directing style and mission. Eternal has served as a creative director participating in ideation, directing client commercial shoots, and supervising post-production. His work has been featured on HBO, FOX, ESPN, ABC, BET, VH1, and MTV. He recently directed and executive produced his first feature documentary film, Gaining Ground: The Fight For Black Land.

  • Year: 2023
  • Runtime: 96 minutes
  • Country: USA
  • Language: English
  • Director: Eternal Polk
  • Executive Producer: Al Roker & Eternal Polk
  • Producer: Chimene Williams, Denise Hurst Green, Francisco Newman
  • Screenwriter: Eternal Polk
  • Premiere: Philadelphia

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