Mini-series captures story of slavery through eyes of woman

Aunjanue Ellis, lead actress for “The Book of Negroes” TV mini-series. Photo: UN

Brave, empowered and smart describes the lead character in a six-part television mini-series detailing the journey of a female slave in the 18th Century.

A pre-screening of the "Book of Negroes" was held at the UN in Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Aunjanue Ellis plays Aminata Diallo from Mali who is captured at the age of eleven and shipped to the United States.

Diallo later joins a group of African American slaves called "Black Loyalists" who fought alongside the British Army during the American Independence War in exchange for freedom and land.

Ms Ellis shared with Jocelyne Sambira the significance of having the story of slavery told through a female perspective.

Duration: 4'27''

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