"The Book of Negroes" on BET is an epic dramatic TV miniseries adaptation of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize-winning novel by Lawrence Hill (published in the US, Australia and New Zealand as "Someone Knows My Name"). The miniseries stars Academy Award, Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy winner Louis Gossett Jr., Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr., Aunjanue Ellis, Lyriq Bent, Ben Chaplin, Allan Hawco and Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee and Primetime Emmy Award winner Jane Alexander.

Selected by The Oprah Magazine as a 2010 top Summer Read with close to a million copies sold worldwide, "The Book of Negroes" depicts the extraordinary life journey of Aminata Diallo — an indomitable African woman who cuts a swath through a world that is predisposed to underestimate her. Kidnapped by slave traders in West Africa and subsequently enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata must navigate her way through the American Revolution in New York, the isolated refuge of Nova Scotia and the treacherous jungles of Sierra Leone, before ultimately securing her freedom in England at the dawn of the 19th century.

The miniseries is co-written by multiple-award winning filmmaker Clement Virgo ("The Wire," "Poor Boy's Game") and by novelist Lawrence Hill. Clement Virgo directs.

"The Book of Negroes" is an official Canada-South Africa co-production, executive produced by Damon D'Oliveira ("What We Have," "Lie with Me") and Clement Virgo from Conquering Lion Pictures; Lance Samuels ("Inescapable," "Bang Bang Club") from Out of Africa Entertainment; Bill Niven ("Marion Bridge") of Idlewild Films; and eOne's Carrie Stein ("Coco Chanel," "Burn Up," "Diamonds") and Margaret O'Brien ("Bitten," "Rookie Blue"). Other executive producers include Daniel Iron ("Cairo Time," "Away from Her") and Michael Levine ("The Republic of Doyle").

"The Book of Negroes" is produced with the financial participation of the Canada Media Fund, Shaw Rocket Fund, Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia through the Equity Investment Program, Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia through The Eastlink Independent Production Fund, and with the participation of Cogeco Production Program. The series is produced with the assistance of the Nova Scotia Film Industry Tax Credit and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. eOne handles the worldwide rights to the miniseries in all media. "The Book of Negroes" is produced in association with Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Black Entertainment Television.

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Network: BET
Genre: Drama
Production Companies:
Conquering Lion Pictures
Out of Africa Entertainment
Idlewild Films
Entertainment One Television

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