New miniseries ‘The Underground Railroad’ tackles slavery

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New York (AFP) – Oscar-winning director Barry Jenkins’s “The Underground Railroad” releases this week, the most ambitious series to tackle slavery in the United States since “Roots” in the 1970s. All ten episodes land on Amazon Prime Friday, the culmination of a project that took 116 days to film, some costing $1.5 million each, according to The New York Times. The series, funded by the e-commerce giant’s video arm, comes after the debate over compensation for descendants of slaves was renewed by the Black Lives Matter protests that swept the United States last year following the police murder…

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