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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The Rwandan genocide, like other international events pertaining to Africa, were partly caused by the complicated political games played by non-African people who often overlook the human consequences of their decisions.
Positive Role Models
Kate Ashby is strong, but constantly struggles with her past as she navigates her present life.
Violence & Scariness
Guns, rifles, machetes visible; people are killed (sometimes blood and guts visible). Discussions of torture; images of scars, corpses, etc. Suicide discussed. Brutal scenes of the genocide are presented in animated form.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some occasional strong sexual innuendo. An extramarital affair discussed.
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Lots of cursing: "s--t," "f--k."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
An overdose is alluded to.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Black Earth Rising is a complicated, adult-oriented dramatic series that centers around the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Discussions about the torture and killings during that time are frequently discussed. People are also attacked and gunned down, resulting in bloody (and sometimes gruesome) images. There are references to suicide and a drug overdose, and prescription drugs are visible. Cursing is frequent.
Is It Any Good?
This intense series drives home the complex nature of international politics, and how easy it is to forget the human costs involved. Kate Ashby, a Rwandan Tutsi survivor, serves as the reminder of the physical, emotional, and psychological torment endured by Tutsis who survived the atrocities committed against their people by the ruling Hutu during the Rwandan Civil War. But rather than simply being a survivor's tale, Kate's story serves as a platform from which to examine how years of European colonialism led up to, and failed to stop, the brutal slaughter of millions of people.
Conspiracies are woven throughout Kate Ashby's personal narrative, noting the ways the French government was complicit in the genocide, and their consistent efforts to hide this fact by pointing to Africans as being solely responsible for what happened. It also highlights the United States and other country's efforts to reinforce this way of thinking, stressing how, when it comes to Africa, the present geopolitical maneuverings of the West continue to reflect these imperialist attitudes. Ultimately, Black Earth Rising is a smart series, and a difficult reminder of what happens when we lose our sense of humanity.
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