Marvel star Samuel L Jackson has a new project on the way next month in the form of a docu-series about the slave trade.
The six-part series, titled Enslaved, now has an official trailer which the actor shared on Twitter and it features him heading on a very personal journey, alongside a historical investigation into the international slave trade and a quest to find and examine sunken slave ships.
"More than 12 million Africans were enslaved and trafficked," Jackson says in the trailer. "More than 2 million of our ancestors died in the sea. The ocean holds stories that haven't been told."
It has also been announced that the series will premiere on Monday, September 14 on EPIX in the US and on Sunday, October 18 on CBC in Canada. The series is being distributed internationally by Fremantle but no UK air date or broadcaster has been confirmed yet.
The series will trace iconic actor Jackson's personal journey as he takes a DNA test to identify his ancestral tribe before embarking on a trip from the US to Gabon in Africa for his induction into the Benga tribe, where he will have rare access to discover the tribe's secret ceremonies and customs, reports Black Girl Nerds.
Alongside Jackson's journey, Enslaved will also shed new light on human trafficking from Africa to America by using new diving technology to locate and examine sunken slave ships.
Following the efforts of Diving With a Purpose and The National Association of Black Scuba Divers, the show will see the groups track down six slave ships that sank and drowned the enslaved humans on them. We'll also see the first identification of a 'Freedom Ship', a vessel which carried runaways to Canada.
"These modern day adventures serve as a springboard to tell the stories of the ideology, economics and politics of slavery, while also celebrating stories of resistance, the cultures left behind and the culture that we live in," the official EPIX synopsis reads.
Enslaved will premiere on Monday, September 14 on EPIX in the US and on Sunday, October 18 on CBC in Canada.
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