London-based superindie prodco and distributor Fremantle has acquired global rights to American slavery docuseries Enslaved from documentary prodco Associated Producers.
The 6 x 52-minute series, narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson, explores the history of slavery through underwater archaeology and retraces historical slave routes in search of sunken slave ships. The series also marks 400 years since the first African person was brought to the New World as a slave.
Enslaved is directed by Simcha Jacobovici. It is produced by Felix Golubev and Ric Bienstock and executive produced by Samuel L. Jackson, LaTanya Jackson, Eli Selden, Rob Lee, Jacobovici and Yaron Niski.
“For me, this is much more than a TV series,” said Jackson, in a statement. “For me, Enslaved is an attempt to give a voice to the millions whose voices were silenced.”
“Our goal is to tell a global story of suffering and resistance, of oppression and overcoming, through the adventure of finding and marking sunken slave ships,” added Jacobovici. “The goal is not only to produce an incredible series… the goal is to make history.”