Director Barry Jenkins on The Underground Railroad


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Barry Jenkins, the director of the 2017 Oscar-winning film Moonlight, discusses his new ten-part TV adaptation of Colson Whitehead's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Underground Railroad. The drama series follows two young slaves as they escape their cotton plantation in Georgia and go in search of the fabled railway which they hope will transport them north in their quest for freedom. The director discusses shooting the drama - which contains harrowing scenes of violence - on the site of former plantations in Georgia where slaves worked and died, and how the experience affected him as an African-American. Presenter Kirsty Lang Producer Jerome Weatherald Main image: Showrunner, writer and Director Barry Jenkins on The Underground Railroad shoot in Georgia, USA. Image credit: Kyle Caplan/Amazon Studios

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