Ancestors in the Attic: Amber Valley (2008)
In the early 1900s, a wave of non-traditional immigrants arrived in Alberta, Canada. They were African Americans escaping persecution, and found what they were looking for in Amber Valley, one of Canada’s largest and most resilient black communities.
Lester Mapp was born in Amber Valley and his parents were among those early pioneers who migrated to escape the hardship of intolerance. His mother died when he was only two. Now, at the age of 89, Lester wants to retrace his family’s journey and find his mother’s relatives. With the help of Ancestors in the Attic he embarks on a road trip through Oklahoma and Texas, deep into his past and the bitter history of the American South.