Michaela Coel says making the BBC hit Black Earth Rising has given her an education in the 1994 genocide
Hugo Blick makes a habit of writing and directing television that has serious, high-minded ambition to elevate the form and educate his audience. Black Earth Rising, a drama about the prosecution of international war crimes – specifically the Rwandan genocide – is no exception.
Co-produced by the BBC and Netflix, the first episode aired last week to a string of five-star reviews and 1.1 million viewers. It is an impressive share of the Sunday night audience, all the more considering the complex nature of the story that tries to unravel mainstream perceptions of “Africa”.