We live in divisive times. Identity politics are rife. People seem only able to identify themselves in contrast to others. It’s easy to forget in all this that we are all one species.
That’s the point that Morgan Freeman is trying to get across in his new documentary series, The Story Of Us.
The series is a follow-up to his critically acclaimed documentary series The Story Of God.
That project spawned two series, the most recent of which aired in January 2017.
National Geographic claim that The Story Of God is one of their most highly watched documentary series ever shown.
What is Morgan Freeman’s new show The Story Of Us about?
The new series features Freeman travelling the world to explore conflict in society as well as what binds us together. He’ll be visiting all kinds of societies and interviewing people who’ve done and do extraordinary things. Speaking about the series, Freeman said:
I’ve been given the incredible opportunity to take viewers on a new global journey to understand how human culture has taken on so many remarkable forms. We’re exploring how primal forces, such as love, has shaped human culture around the world and where it will take us in the future.
Some of the major themes that Freeman will explore are power and rebellion, war and peace, and love and freedom.
Over the course of the series, Freeman will sit down and interview such figures as former US president Bill Clinton, president Evo Morales of Bolivia, Joshua Coombes the founder of the #DoSomethingForNothing movement, Albert Woodfox who was imprisoned in solitary confinement for 43 years for a crime there is no evidence he committed, and many others.
You can also see a trailer for The Story Of Us here featuring Morgan Freeman:
The series will receive its world premiere at the Paley Centre on 28 September 2017. With that in mind, we can probably expect read the first reviews soon.
However, Freeman’s Revelations Entertainment production team, who also made The Story Of God, were also behind this project. Consequently, we should probably go in with high hopes.
For those who can’t make it to the premiere, The Story Of Us will air on Wednesday 11 October, on National Geographic channel right around the world.
Check your local listings to see what time it’ll air in your country.