Small Axe, the anthology series made up of five original films, will premiere on Friday, November 20, with its first film, Mangrove. The anthology is created and directed by Academy Award, BAFTA, and Golden Globe-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen. The films are set from the late-1960s to the mid-1980s, telling different personal stories from London’s West Indian community. The trailer for the five films was released on Sunday.
According to Deadline, Mangrove follows the story of Frank Crichlow (Shaun Parkes), leader of the British Black Panther Movement Altheia Jones-LeCointe (Letitia Wright), and activist Darcus Howe (malachi Kirby) after they are wrongly arrested and charged with incitement to riot following a peaceful protest. A highly publicized trial follows, leading to a “hard-fought win for those fighting against discrimination.”
The four other films will debut each of the following Fridays, including Lovers Rock starring Michael Ward and Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn on November 27, Education starring Kenyah Sandy on December 4, Alex Wheatle featuring Sheyi Cole on December 11, and Red, White, and Blue starring John Boyega on December 18.
The series of films will be available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.