Enslaved: Episode 1, Cultures Left Behind
In the first episode of Enslaved, Samuel L. Jackson discovers his roots in what is now Gabon
Having traced his DNA to the Benga people of Gabon, Hollywood icon and activist Samuel L. Jackson takes a deeply personal journey to his ancestral homeland to meet today's Benga leaders. They welcome him as a long lost son and initiate him into the tribe.
Then, he goes one step further. He turns his personal odyssey into a monumental effort to educate the world about the history transatlantic slave trade. He recruits divers from "Diving With a Purpose" (DWP)—a group of African-American divers and historians who search wrecks related to the slave trade—to go in search of sunken slave ships.
In this episode, the DWP team travels to the Florida Keys, where they search for a slave ship that went down off the Florida coast. In the process, viewers are exposed to the cultural legacy of Africa.
This episode is shot on location in Gabon, Ghana and Florida.
Enslaved starts Oct. 17 at 9 p.m. on documentary Channel and Oct. 18 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC and CBC Gem.
Enslaved contains disturbing depictions of the inhumanity faced by enslaved people from African countries during the transatlantic slave trade, which may be traumatizing to some viewers. If you need support, there are resources available across the country, you can find links to a number of these resources in this post, curated by the Unison Benevolent Fund: https://www.unisonfund.ca/blog/post/mental-health-resources-black-canadians