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Enslaved: Get To Know The Presenters

16 October 2020
Samuel L. Jackson, Afua Hirsch and Simcha Jacobovici uncover the mysteries of the American slave trade.
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“More than 12 million Africans were enslaved and trafficked. More than 2 million of our ancestors died at sea.”

On Wednesday, 21 October, the much-anticipated docuseries, Enslaved, premieres on 1 Magic. Presented by Samuel L. Jackson, author and journalist Afua Hirsch and series director Simcha Jacobovici, Enslaved documents the enormity and mortality of the slave trade.

Samuel, Hirsch and Jacobovici visit former slavery hubs where they uncover the mysteries of the American slave trade by Western European slave traders.

Learn more about the presenters of this captivating series before its premiere:

Samuel L. Jackson

 Appearing in well over 100 films, Samuel L. Jackson is one of the most respected actors in Hollywood. Jackson’s portrayal of ‘Jules’, the philosopher hitman, in Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” made an indelible mark on American cinema. In addition to unanimous critical acclaim, he received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations as well as a Best Supporting Actor award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Jackson can next be seen in the EPIX docuseries, which he also executive produced with LaTanya Richardson Jackson, “Enslaved.” Earlier this year, he starred opposite Anthony Mackie in the Apple drama “The Banker” and in 2021, will be seen in the ‘Saw” sequel, “Spiral,” which will release May 21, 2021 and “The Asset,” releasing April 23, 2021.

Afua Hirsch

Afua Hirsch is a former barrister, journalist and documentary maker. Her current projects include a 6-part series with Samuel L Jackson, a major BBC series about African art, and another about whiteness, both forthcoming, and an Audible original series We Need to Talk About The British Empire.

She regularly writes, reports and speaks on international current affairs, and has published two bestselling books, Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging, winner of the Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Prize, and Equal To Everything, about the UK Supreme Court.

Afua was a judge on last year’s Booker Prize and is currently the Wallis Annenberg Chair of Journalism at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Simcha Jacobovici

Simcha Jacobovici is a documentary film director and producer. Among Jacobovici’s many awards are an unprecedented three US Emmys for “Outstanding Investigative Journalism”. He is also an internationally acclaimed journalist and a New York Times bestselling author. 

Jacobovici has produced non-scripted programming for practically every major broadcaster in the world. For three seasons, he hosted The Naked Archaeologist on the History Channel worldwide. Jacobovici has also co-produced three feature documentaries with James Cameron.

Jacobovici is series director on Enslaved: The Slave Trade as Told From the Ocean Floor (Epix, CBC, BBC, Fremantle), a 6-part non-scripted series hosted and co-produced by Hollywood icon Samuel L. Jackson. Enslaved is the most comprehensive series ever made on the Transatlantic Slave Trade. It tells this epic and tragic story using a modern-day quest for sunken slave ships as the springboard to the larger narrative.

Catch the premiere of Enslaved on Wednesday, 21 October at 20:30 on 1 Magic.

*Photography © 2020 Associated Producers Ltd. and Cornelia Street Productions