As announced via a tweet from Netflix, acclaimed director and writer Ava DuVernay are teaming with the quarterback and activist Colin Kaepernick to create a Netflix series exploring the early years of his life.
During the 2016 NFL season, Kaepernick took the decision to kneel for the national anthem in protest of the shocking police brutality occurring in the country, a decision that brought him worldwide attention and an important part of the Black Lives Matter movement. He donated thousands to organizations aimed at helping victims of police brutality.
Included in Variety’s report of the Netflix announcement is the following quote from Kaepernick:
“Too often we see race and Black stories portrayed through a white lens. We seek to give a new perspective to the different realities that Black people face. We explore the racial conflicts I faced as an adopted Black man in a white community, during my high school years. It’s an honor to bring these stories to life in collaboration with Ava for the world to see.”
This project has been a joy to work on for the last year with @StarrburyMike. I’ve long been fascinated by how folks become who they are. The steps we all take to get to ourselves. When it comes to @Kaepernick7, that story tracks the making of a singular American icon. #imwithkap https://t.co/x5wKf1m4nG
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) June 29, 2020
DuVernay’s projects meanwhile have been receiving widespread critical acclaim, including her recent television series “When They See Us” which won Jharrel Jerome the Emmy for Best Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. This upcoming series will reportedly be six-episodes long and will no doubt become another significant piece of work from one of the industry’s most important working filmmakers. Her 2014 film “Selma” picked up a historic Best Picture nomination, while her 2016 documentary “13th” also received huge plaudits and picked up a nomination for Best Documentary at that year’s Oscars.
Variety also included a quote from DuVernay in their report:
“With his act of protest, Colin Kaepernick ignited a national conversation about race and justice with far-reaching consequences for football, culture, and for him, personally. Colin’s story has much to say about identity, sports, and the enduring spirit of protest and resilience. I couldn’t be happier than to tell this story with the team at Netflix.”
Kaepernick will also serve as a narrator on the series, with his incredible actions in the 2016 NFL season unfortunately all too relevant in today’s society given the shocking events that transpired with George Floyd and countless others.