DVD Release: ‘The Book of Negroes’

The Book of Negroes

The Book of Negroes is a miniseries that debut on CBC in Canada and BET in the United States. It is based on Lawrence Hill’s Someone Knows My Name (The Book of Negroes in Canada). It tells the story of a girl forcibly taken from her homeland in West Africa to South Carolina. She discovers love and lost that pushes her to find a way back home.


A universal story of loss, courage and triumph, The Book of Negroes recounts the extraordinary journey of Aminata Diallo, an indomitable African woman who survives in a world in which everything seems to be against her. Kidnapped by slave traders in West Africa then sold into slavery in South Carolina, Aminata navigates her way through the American Revolution in New York, the isolated refuge of Nova Scotia, and the treacherous jungles of Sierra Leone, before finally securing her freedom in England at the dawn of the 19th century.


Aunjanue Ellis – Aminata

Lyriq Bent – Chekura

Cuba Gooding Jr. – Samuel Fraunces

Louis Gossett, Jr. – Daddy Moses

Ben Chaplin – Cpt. John Clarkson


Director – Clement Virgo

Writer – Clement Virgo

Writer – Lawrence Hill

The Book of Negroes is available here.


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