Here in Canada, the highly anticipated film adaptation of Lawrence Hill’s award-winning novel, “The Book Of Negroes“, will premiere on Wednesday, January 7th on CBC Television at 8:00 PM.
“The internationally co-produced, six-part miniseries follows the story of an African woman named Aminata Diallo, played by Aunjanue Ellis, who is kidnapped from Africa and sold into slavery in the southern U.S.
Stars from the six-part miniseries include Academy Award-winning actors Lou Gossett Jr. and Cuba Gooding Jr.
Lou Gossett Jr., who plays Daddy Moses, an African American slave who helped lead a band of runaway slaves to freedom, says The Book of Negroes is a fresh take on the theme.
“Slavery is very much involved in this lady’s life,” Gossett told CBC News before November’s North American premiere in Toronto at Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox. “But it’s really a triumphant story about this woman who can tell the story. In that way, it’s better than Roots, and 12 Years a Slave because it’s a portrait.”
2007 novel, which was published in some countries under the title Someone Knows My Name, earned widespread praise.
It sold nearly a million copies worldwide and also won a host of honours, including the Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for best overall book and the 2009 edition of CBC’s Canada Reads. It was also set to music by the Nathaniel Dett Chorale in 2012.”
I am personally proud of this film for many reasons, the most important being that my nephew, Justin Giallonardo, was Associate Producer for this film. It is an extremely exciting time for our family. Congratulations Big J!
The making of this film was a long process and I can assure you that no stone will be left unturned and no emotion left untouched. I can envision more awards for the producers, actors and all film personnel associated with this project.
Will you be watching? Have you read the novel?