‘The 1619 Project’ Docuseries will be based on African slaves in the United States
Hulu will be producing “The 1619 Project” docuseries which will be based on a special issue of The New York Times Magazine by Nikole Hannah-Jones. Hannah-Jones was also awarded the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for her article. The 1619 Project will review the legacy of slavery in the United States since 1619 when the first-ever ship with African slaves arrived in the United States. The series will be produced and overlooked by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Roger Ross Williams who will also be responsible for directing the first episode of the series.
The agreement to develop “The 1619 Project” docuseries was revealed last summer by the New York Times, Oprah Winfrey, and Lionsgate, also responsible for the production of this series along with Williams’ partner Geoff Martz. Williams said, “‘The 1619 Project’ is a necessary rethinking of American history, Our most cherished ideals and achievements cannot be understood without acknowledging systemic racism and the contributions of African Americans. This is not about the past, black people continue to fight against the legacy of racism and its current incarnation.”
He said, “I am thrilled and grateful for the opportunity to work with The New York Times, Lionsgate Television, Harpo Films and Hulu to translate the incredibly important The 1619 Project into a documentary series.” He continued, “I could not ask for a more gifted and committed storyteller to entrust The 1619 Project to than Roger Ross Williams,” said Hannah-Jones. “I have long admired the impact and authenticity of his filmmaking, and the fact that we’re working with Disney and Hulu aligns with our vision of partnering with the world’s greatest Black storytellers to bring this project to a global audience.”
The Times’ 1619 Project issue was released on the 400th anniversary of the first Africans arriving in Virginia in August 2019. The 1619 Project docuseries is based on this special issue which also started a historical debate about the consequences of slavery during 1619 and a lot of historians backlashed as they believed that this issue is a misleading narrative about slavery’s role in the American Revolution.
This docuseries will stream on Hulu “as part of a distribution agreement between Lionsgate and Disney General Entertainment Content’s BIPOC Creator Initiative.” However, the officials have not yet revealed when the “The 1619 Project “docuseries will release or when the production will begin.