Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s National Book Award winner Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America has been turned into an upcoming Netflix film.
Stamped From the Beginning features some of the country’s leading female scholars to discuss the history of anti-Blackness in America. Directed by Cassandro director Roger Ross Williams, Stamped From the Beginning utilizes animation as well as the words of today’s brightest minds to explore the history of America and how its racist ideas came to be.
According to the official description:
Published in 2016, Dr. Kendi’s National Book Award winner chronicles the entire story of anti-Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. Williams’ documentary adaptation uses an innovative animation process that blends live action with the art of the era to illuminate figures and moments both well-known and obscure, both historical and contemporary. Leading female academics and activists such as Dr. Angela Davis, Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Dr. Jennifer L. Morgan, and Dr. Kendi guide viewers through a searing account of how racist tropes and imagery were developed and enshrined in American culture.
The film is produced by Williams and executive produced by Kendi and Mara Brock Akil along with Susie Fitzgerald and Geoff Martz. Alisa Payne and David Teague also produce.
Stamped From the Beginning will come to select theaters Nov. 10 before debuting on Netflix Nov. 20.