Instagram-Film zur Geschichte der Sklaverei

Equiano.Stories ist ein rund 80minütiger Instagram-Film zur Geschichte des Sklavereigegners Olaudah Equiano. Er wird nach und nach in Form von Instagram-Stories veröffentlicht (via voice-online.co.uk):

«WHAT IF an African child, captured by slave traders in 1756, had a mobile phone and could share what happened to him on social media?

That’s the intriguing premise of a new film project that will be released on Instagram later this month.

@Equiano.Stories will follow the life of 18th Century writer and slave trade abolitionist Olaudah Equiano, known for his 1789 autobiography, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, as a series of Instagram stories.

As a child Equiano was kidnapped from his home in Nigeria in 1756, taken to the Caribbean and sold as a slave to a British Royal Navy officer. He was sold twice more but purchased his freedom in 1766. His famous book depicted the horrors of slavery.

The film, which premiers on Instagram on February 16, aims to connect young people today with Equiano’s life story by giving a modern voice to Equiano’s 18th Century memoir.

Followers of Equiano.Stories will meet 11 year-old Equiano and watch his story unfold as he posts about 400 individual stories, totalling 80 minutes of content.

Just like today’s Instagram influencers, Equiano will share moments of his day — from being a carefree boy in his village, interactions with his close knit family and rich African culture, to the fear and confusion of being kidnapped, and the harrowing experience of life aboard a slave ship.»

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