“We gotta get back and claim, really what we built” – South to Black Power premieres November 28th on HBO.
HBO’s Original documentary, “South To Black Power,” directed by Sam Pollard and Llewellyn M. Smith, will debut on Tuesday, November 28, at 10:00-11:30 p.m. ET/PT on HBO. The film, part of This Machine production, explores Charles M. Blow’s journey to test his theory on Black Liberation, proposing a strategy for Black Americans to move to southern states, gain political power, and disrupt the status quo.
Blow, a New York Times columnist and author of “The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto,” engages with politicians, historians, activists, friends, and family to challenge Black Americans to bring about political change through reverse migration. The documentary not only delves into Blow’s strategy but also takes the audience on a personal journey, from his Louisiana childhood to his commitment to racial justice.
As the midterm election results unfold, Blow acknowledges gains but reflects on the possibility that a historic political transformation in the South may not occur in his lifetime. The film features prominent figures such as Chokwe Antar Lumumba, Jemar Tisby, Dean Baquet, Brent Staples, Adam Green, Asiaha Butler, Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun, Nsé Ufot, Elijah Grace, Aimy Steele, and Milton F. Fitch Jr., providing diverse perspectives on the subject.
Produced by This Machine Productions, the documentary includes Sam Pollard, Kelly Thomson, R.J. Cutler, Elise Pearlstein, and executive producers Trevor Smith and Charles Blow. Aevitas Entertainment’s David Kuhn and Todd Shuster also serve as executive producers. For HBO, executive producers include Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller, and Sara Rodriguez.
“South To Black Power” not only presents a thought-provoking exploration of Blow’s theory but also offers a glimpse into the broader discourse surrounding racial justice and political change in the Southern United States. The film aims to inspire reflection on the challenges and possibilities of achieving transformative political shifts.