The Book of Negroes (2015) Rated NR

book of negroes

We follow the life of Aminata who was kidnapped in Africa to be enslaved in South Carolina, as she work to get back to home land. Based on the novel by Lawrence Hill. Starring Aunjanue Ellis, Lyriq Bent, Ben Chaplin, Allan Hawco

I was quite amazed by this miniseries. The captured a different side of the slave trade that is not so popular in films. The title can be off-putting, but I have never been one to discriminate language if it is used in the historical context. Context is everything. During the slave trade the word Negro was used for the slaves. The title of both the book and the movie is taken from a period in Aminata’s life where she help create the real life Book of Negroes used by British soldiers that kept track of slaves that fought for the British during the American Revolution. This miniseries combines both historical and fiction stories to create a new look to the slave trade. One not often told. This is worth a watch.

 

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