The Entertainment One-produced film, directed by Clement Virgo and starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Jane Alexander, Louis Gossett, Jr., and Aunjanue Ellis, centers around a 19th century slave who navigates the perils of the slave trade in an attempt to secure her freedom.
Gooding Jr. recently revealed to Deadline the one thing that sets “The Book Of Negroes” apart from other slave films, such as the Oscar Award-winning film “12 Years A Slave”:
“It’s told from the female perspective with a sense of empowerment. Through Aminata’s journey we see the strength of her character. I didn’t know anything about 'The Book Of Negroes,' or the slaves participation with the British and upon hearing this, it always upsets me when I hear about something I don’t know: Like The Tuskegee Airmen, 'The Book Of Negroes' is another upsetting moment for African Americans, when we have made a positive impact on the building of America, but our history hasn’t been told. Hearing this tale of strength moved me.”
Check out the trailer to “The Book Of Negroes” in the clip above.