ALL OR NOTHIN’ (AON) is a feature film that dramatizes one of the largest recorded
Underground Railroad escapes called “The Escape of the 28”.
Due to the movie’s depictions of slavery and its accompanying violence, it is not
recommended for children under 13.
In this 83-minute melodrama, Underground Railroad conductor John Fairfield guides an
enslaved group from a northern Kentucky farm in Boone County to their freedom in
Canada. He is forced to share center stage with Washington Barker who at the same time
leads his wife and loved ones out of enslavement from a neighboring farm.
This epic adventure intertwines multiple stories to create a realistic portrayal of the
numerous players, black and white, men and women, needed to implement a successful
group escape; a view seldom depicted in slavery films. Via character and plot
development, AON gives a voice to many who were customarily silenced. While the film
exposes the bitter truths of oppression, manipulation, and misogyny inherent in slavery in
America, it also stresses teamwork, selflessness and ultimately triumph.
Following each screening, there will be a Q&A session with the director and actors. Suggested donations start at $10, and all donations to The African-American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw are tax-deductible.