Arts & Culture
Ava Duvernay’s new Netflix Documentary: Colin in Black and White
29 October 2021
Ava DuVernay is one of the most jolting voices on screens big and small, chiefly dramatising and documenting institutional racism in America. She tackled this via the documentary (13th), biopic (Selma), and a four-part series on Netflix (When They See Us).
DuVernay returns to Netflix in collaboration with NFL player Colin Kaepernick, who famously took a knee during the national anthem prior to a game in 2016. The gesture was to protest racial inequality and police brutality, after which he was ousted from the NFL. But the protest had an incredible ripple effect across sports, not least the England football team this year.
Colin in Black and White tells Kaepernick’s story of growing up as an adopted Black kid with white parents. His teenage self (played by Jaden Michael) endures the various obstacles of race, class and culture to reach the NFL and become an admired activist.
UK release date: 29 October 2021.
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