SA co-production, The Book of Negroes, sweeps Canadian Screen Awards

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Aunjanue Ellis stars in The Book of Negroes.

THE Book of Negroes, the Conquering Lion/Out of Africa Entertainment, Canadian-South African co-production, dominated the Canadian Screen Awards, taking home 11 awards including best TV movie or limited series, three best acting awards for Aunjanue Ellis, Lyriq Bent and Shailyn Pierre Dixon, and best direction (limited series).

The South African crew was well represented by costume designer Kate Carin who won for best costume design, Robert van de Coolwyk for best production design or art direction, Philip Miller for best original music score and Derek Mansveldt for best sound.

Out Of Africa Enteratinment’s Lance Samuels said: “We are extremely thrilled and proud to be recognised with so many awards at the Canadian Screen Awards. It proves once again that South African crew and cast are as good as any in the world.”

The series – which was produced in association with Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Black Entertainment Television – was filmed on location in South Africa and was an official Canadian/South African co-production. The series employed over 110 South African crew members and 70 South African actors had various acting roles in the series

Samuels, who served as executive producer on the series added: “Thanks needs to go to the Department of Trade and Industry. Without the department’s continued support of the film industry, through its film and television rebate incentive, shows like this would be impossible to make in South Africa.”

Samuels also thanked all the South African cast and crew that worked on the series for all their hard work and dedication to the series.

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Cuba Gooding Jr and Aunjanue Ellis in The Book of Negroes. 

The Book of Negroes stars Academy Award, Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy winner Louis Gossett Jr., Academy Award-winner Cuba Gooding Jr., Aunjanue Ellis, Lyriq Bent and Shailyn Pierre Dixon.

It is executive produced by Damon D’Oliveira (What We Have, Lie with Me) and Lance Samuels (Strike Back, Inescapable, Bang Bang Club) from Out of Africa Entertainment. Other executive producers include Daniel Iron (Cairo Time, Away From Her). .

The Book of Negroes depicts the extraordinary life journey of Aminata Diallo, an indomitable African woman who cuts a swathe 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 Book of Negroes will be available on DVD in April. For more information like the Facebook page: TheBookofNegroes

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