‘Colin in Black & White’: Ava DuVernay & Jaden Michael Explain Why Colin Kaepernick Series is ‘Worth Considering’ | Connect FM | Local news radio
Ava Du Vernay she said and Colin Kaepernick had a similar story in mind when it came time to create the Netflix black and white limited series Colin.
âIt wasn’t just [a] story that pleases[ed] for me it was a story that also appealed to Colin Kaepernick and the things we wanted to say about his youth, âDuVernay told ABC Audio.
Serving as both co-creator and director, DuVernay says the six-episode journey allows viewers to see “how someone’s youth really adds to who they are today.”
âAnd it’s worth considering,â she said. “It’s worth thinking: Where am I from? And how do I get these thoughts in my head? And do I still believe in these things? Or is it just a habit? ‘â¦ And all these questions that we put into the play.
While the Kaepernick-centric series primarily focuses on Colin’s young adulthood years after being adopted into a white family, DuVernay says the drama also features an experimental “new form” of storytelling that includes elements of animation, live action and social commentary.
âI think some people think it’s a documentary, it isn’t,â she said. âSome people think it’s just kind of a celebrity childhood biopic. It’s not that either. And so discovering a new form for it was really difficult, but fun.
During this time, Jaden Michel, who plays a young Kaepernick, thanks DuVernay for consistently creating opportunities for people of color to tell these important stories.
âI think over timeâ¦ we’ll have richer, more nuanced conversations,â he says. âAnd I think Colin in black and white is a great way to start this conversation on, ‘Let’s change it up a bit. “”
Colin in Black and White is released on Netflix Friday.
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