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Finding Us


Kathryn Carlson


Karran Harper Royal, Gabriel Silverman, Jamie Coughlin Silverman


Liza Slutskaya


Brandy Bruce, Kathryn Carlson

Georgetown University sold hundreds of enslaved people to stave off bankruptcy, scattering families across the South, never to see each other again. With the help of DNA databases, their descendants are reconnecting six generations later. Finding Us is a portrait of four descendants who are using their unique talents to regrow the family trees felled nearly two centuries ago.

Director, Finding Us

Kathryn spent four years with National Geographic before joining SideXSide Studios. She was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting and the White House Photographer’s Award for Best Documentary. Kathryn is a Pulitzer Center grantee, and won a 2020 News & Documentary Emmy for her cinematography for VICE News Tonight.