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About two a long time ago, Samuel L. Jackson, the Hollywood titan, was presented with an notion to get element in a documentary about the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
Slavery, of system, was not a new matter of scholarship, and Hollywood experienced presently performed a lot on the matter. But he talked over it with his wife, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, and one thing in distinct stood out to them. This was a challenge trying to explain to the story of slavery in portion as a result of the lens of sunken slave ships that hardly ever reached their desired destination — ships that became mass graves of kidnapped Africans. It was a point of view, they felt, that could include to society’s comprehending of the horrors of slavery.
“That is a worthwhile story to inform,” Mr. Jackson said in an interview this 7 days.
That tale is now a 6-section docuseries, “Enslaved,” that premiered final Monday on Epix, which will air a new episode every single week in excess of the next five months. The documentary is also slated to start in the United Kingdom on BBC Two following month.
The collection traces Mr. Jackson’s journey throughout the globe as he uncovers aspects of the background of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. He is joined on components of the journey by Afua Hirsch, a British journalist, and Simcha Jacobovici, a documentary filmmaker and journalist who directs the sequence. The story also follows Diving With a Function, an offshoot of the Countrywide Affiliation of Black Scuba Divers, as they search for wreckage of slave ships along the ocean bottom.
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