Netflix has announced the upcoming documentary. series, Amend: The Fight for America, which will be hosted by Will Smith.
The six-episode series will drop on Feb. 17, 2021. Will Smith executive produces the series with Larry Wilmore.
Here’s the official synposis: Amend: The Fight for America is a six-part docuseries that explores the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution – which, in 1868, promised liberty and equal protection for all persons – as America’s most enduring hallmark of democracy. Amend deploys a groundbreaking narrative format featuring a number of luminaries breathing life into speeches and writings by the Fourteenth Amendment’s most ardent advocates and foes with insights from an inclusive array of contemporary thought leaders and experts.
Featured talent and thought leaders include: Mahershala Ali, Samira Wiley, Samuel L. Jackson, Diane Lane, Laverne Cox, Yara Shahidi, Randall Park, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sterling K Brown, Sherrilyn Ifill, Bryan Stevenson, David Blight, Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Vanita Gupta, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Dr. Khalil Muhammad, Garrett Epps and more.
“I am honored to present Amend: The Fight for America. We are living in unprecedented days as a society, as a country, and as a human family,” said Will Smith in a statement. “I believe that the cultivation of personal and historical understanding is the imperative spark igniting the flames of desperately needed compassion and healing. As Americans, we endeavor to form a more perfect union that truly establishes justice and equality for all. I believe a deeper understanding of the 14th Amendment is a critical jumping off point. Our hope with this series is to illuminate the beauty that is the promise of America and to share a message of connection and shared humanity so that we will be able to better understand and celebrate our different experiences as Americans and promote progress toward the true equality promised to all persons under the 14th Amendment. I’m grateful to Netflix and the phenomenal group of people who came together both in front of and behind the camera to help us tell this story.”
“I hope families can watch Amend together and have the series be a compelling conversation starter,” said Wilmore. “Everything we’ve seen happen in America in the last few years is about what Black people and other marginalized groups have always wanted: to make sure that we are really part of America and have everything that’s been promised to us by the Constitution. I think it’d be really fantastic if Amend helped people to better understand how special the bond can be between each of us and our country.”
The series was created Robe Imbriano and Tom Yellin It’s directed by Kenny Leon and Reinaldo Marcus Green from a teleplay by Sasha Stewart. Terence Carter, Jana Babatunde-Bey, Jamal Watson, Tom Yellin, Robe Imbriano, Jonna Mclaughlin and Angus Wall are executive producers alongside Smith and Wilmore.
Watch the trailer below: