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Barry Jenkins on ‘The Underground Railroad’

Barry also talks to Larry about the art of directing and avoiding the creation of Black trauma porn when telling stories that are intertwined with Black history

2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards - Arrivals Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic


Larry briefly weighs in on the conservative attack on women’s reproductive rights, as well as alien conspiracy theories to open the show (01:00). Later, he is joined by Oscar-winning director Barry Jenkins to discuss adapting Colson Whitehead’s novel into the television series The Underground Railroad on Amazon Prime (13:00). They discuss the art of directing (34:00), and avoiding the creation of Black trauma porn when telling stories that are intertwined with Black history (1:10:00).

Host: Larry Wilmore
Guest: Barry Jenkins
Producer: Kaya McMullen
Production Assistant: Jonathan Kermah

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