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Black Earth Rising 

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Kate is a survivor of the Rwandan genocide whose adoptive mother, an international lawyer, faces a case that will shake their lives.
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Series cast summary:
John Goodman ...  Michael Ennis 8 episodes, 2018
Michaela Coel ...  Kate Ashby 8 episodes, 2018
Noma Dumezweni ...  Alice Munezero 7 episodes, 2018
Lucian Msamati ...  David Runihura 6 episodes, 2018
Tyrone Huggins Tyrone Huggins ...  Patrice Ganimana 5 episodes, 2018
Tamara Tunie ...  Eunice Clayton 5 episodes, 2018
Nicholas Beveney Nicholas Beveney ...  Nkanza a Nkanga 5 episodes, 2018
Treva Etienne ...  Frank Munezero 5 episodes, 2018
Malou Coindreau ...  Hana Ennis 5 episodes, 2018
Emmanuel Imani Emmanuel Imani ...  Florence Karamera 5 episodes, 2018
Abena Ayivor ...  President Bibi Mundanzi 4 episodes, 2018
Adrian Schiller ...  Daniel Drewe 4 episodes, 2018
Paul Herzberg Paul Herzberg ...  Zava Zand 4 episodes, 2018
Michael Gould Michael Gould ...  Harper Hopkinson 4 episodes, 2018
Ronald Guttman ...  Jacques Antoine Barre 3 episodes, 2018
Julian Glover ...  Mark Viner 3 episodes, 2018
Timothy Walker Timothy Walker ...  Richard Ratzenburger 3 episodes, 2018
Nancy Crane ...  Judge Deborah Hewitt 3 episodes, 2018
Serge Hazanavicius ...  Marc Previeau 3 episodes, 2018
Harriet Walter ...  Eve Ashby 2 episodes, 2018
Danny Sapani ...  General Simon Nyamoya 2 episodes, 2018
Pascal Laurent Pascal Laurent ...  Father Patenaude 2 episodes, 2018
Zaris-Angel Hator Zaris-Angel Hator ...  Young Kate 2 episodes, 2018
Tom Pande Tom Pande ...  Ed Holt 2 episodes, 2018
James Lailey James Lailey ...  Michael's Surgeon / ... 2 episodes, 2018
Hugo Blick Hugo Blick ...  Blake Gaines 2 episodes, 2018
Olivier Rabourdin ...  Brigadier General Lesage 2 episodes, 2018
Aure Atika ...  Sophie Barré 2 episodes, 2018
Nyasha Hatendi ...  Godwin Hall 2 episodes, 2018
Wale Ojo ...  Dr. Emmanuel Musoni 2 episodes, 2018
Richard Dixon ...  Fred Sturridge 2 episodes, 2018
Martin Bassindale Martin Bassindale ...  Peter 2 episodes, 2018
Françoise Lebrun ...  Madame Patenaude 2 episodes, 2018
Kathryn Hunter ...  Capi Petridis 2 episodes, 2018
Mimi Ndiweni ...  Mary Mundanzi 2 episodes, 2018
Philip Arditti ...  Colonel Colbert 2 episodes, 2018


Kate Ashby was rescued as a child from the Rwandan genocide by her renowned international lawyer adopted mother Eve. Living in London and working for barrister Michael Ennis, Kate's mother takes on a case involving an African militia leader which will upend both their lives forever. Written by Tom Daly

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Release Date:

25 January 2019 (USA) See more »

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Black Earth Rising See more »

Filming Locations:

Ghana See more »

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16:9 HD
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The actor playing the vile attorney Blake Gaines is also the series writer and director. Furthermore he is the young Jack Napier, aka the Joker, from the 1989 Batman movie, that kills Batman parents whilst epically asking the young Batman:"Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight? ". See more »

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15 September 2018 | by senegalstyleSee all my reviews

I can't remember seeing a more honest tv show about a contemporary African problem (rogue warlords) and the way white people in the west make a very good living taking 10 to 20 years 'bringing them to justice' and pulling political and economic strings to get those cushy jobs ...

The beautiful lead character plays a Rwandan that barely escaped the genocide. She is reared in the UK by a liberal white adoptive mother who is also a criminal prosecutor for the ICC in the Hague. Her daughter is totally against prosecuting the only 'hero' in the war and it is creating conflict in the family with discourse and dialogue on both sides of the genocide issue that I personally have never heard in public before. They leave no stone unturned in this show, also giving an overview of worthless UN peacekeepers and the French army, still in Rwanda.

What I like/LOVE about this show though, is they don't give you the answer.

They present all sides and let you sort thru it yourself and come to your own conclusion. I hope it's not snatched off the air. It's very political and I'm very surprised it even made it on screen for one episode. I look forward to seeing the rest of the series and I hope that the BBC doesn't capitulate to the puppetmasters that control the media and pull the plug on this early.

Fingers crossed!

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