Netflix announces six-part series on former NFL star Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick will be the subject of a new documentary - (Copyright Zuma Press/PA Images)
10:07am, Tue 30 Jun 2020
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Colin Kaepernick will be the subject of a six-part documentary series on Netflix called ‘Colin in Black and White.’

The 32 year-old played for the San Francisco 49ers but has not played in the NFL for more than three years since famously taking a knee in 2016 during the national anthem to protest against police brutality and racism in the US.

The series will explore the free agent quarterback’s high school years in Turlock, California.

He will be the narrator and the executive producer, and an actor will play him as a teenager.

Netflix said the series will ‘focus on Kaepernick's formative high school years, lending meaningful insight into the acts and experiences that led him to become the activist he is today’.

Kaepernick said in a statement: “Too often we see race and black stories portrayed through a white lens.

"We seek to give new perspective to the differing realities that black people face.

"We explore the racial conflicts I faced as an adopted black man in a white community, during my high school years. 

“It's an honour to bring these stories to life in collaboration with Ava for the world to see.”

Academy Award winner Ava DuVernay, who teamed up with Kaepernick, added: "With his act of protest, Colin Kaepernick ignited a national conversation about race and justice with far-reaching consequences for football, culture and for him, personally.

“Colin's story has much to say about identity, sports and the enduring spirit of protest and resilience. I couldn't be happier than to tell this story with the team at Netflix.”

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