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Follow-up to Emmy-nominated “21st Century Abolitionists” and Denver’s Juneteenth on tap for Studio 12 double feature on June 17

DENVER – June 8, 2009 – A follow-up to Channel 12’s Emmy-nominated Studio 12 episode on 21st Century Abolitionists in Sudan and Darfur and a program on the Denver Juneteenth celebration will air in a special Studio 12 double feature Wednesday, June 17.

The 8 p.m. Studio 12 program will look at the history of Juneteenth and the Denver celebration.

At 9 p.m. veteran TV journalist Tamara Banks will take viewers on her second trip to Sudan and Darfur in her quest to get the real story about crimes against humanity and genocide.  Banks will share an exclusive interview with an Arab slave retriever who helps release slaves and give them freedom.  She also interviews a chief, who was reunited with his daughter 10 years after she had been taken by the Janjiweed.

Footage from Banks’ documentary, Long Journey Home, will be shown during the program.  The documentary soon will be seen in film festivals across the country.

Host Tamara Banks, panelists and viewers who call in to the live programs will discuss the current issues. 

“This double feature exemplifies the “world view, community voice” mission of Channel 12,” KBDI Director of Production, Dominic Dezzutti said. “The first hour looks at Denver’s local festival and the second hour is a personal account of slavery from Sudan.”

Both episodes of Studio 12 also will be available for viewing via the on-demand feature of www.KBDI.org after June 18.

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Studio 12 "Slavery Issues Past and Present"
Studio 12 "Slavery Issues Past and Present"

TV journalist Tamara Banks in Sudan.

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