Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Underground Railroad

Visitors viewing underground railroad film

This niche explores Canada’s role as a destination for slaves fleeing the American South using the Underground Railroad. Two monitors play synchronized films that combine archival images, harrowing written first-person accounts, and historic hymns that helped lead slaves to freedom.

Upswell created software that allowed for perfect synchronization of the two videos, essentially creating one canvas that spanned the two monitors. This looping filmed alternated French and English closed captions, as it played, all of which is served via integration with the CMHR ECMS.

Telling the story of enslaved Americans’ escape to freedom — though not to equality —  in Canada.


  • Canadian Journeys Gallery


  • Winnipeg, Canada


  • 2014


  • Northshore Productions *Film Production