American National Freedom Day: 5 Series and Films That Depict The Great Struggle To Independent America

01 . Feb . 2021
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Long before the ‘American Dream’ began to exist, the world’s most popular continent faced a long strenuous journey towards attaining independence. The glorious tales of freedom fighters and movements that led to independence are still echoed today across the globe and depicted marvellously through television shows and movies. Come American National Freedom Day, we take a trip down memory lane with some of the greatest cinematic series across Voot Select, Netflix India, Disney+Hotstar and Amazon Prime Video that will have us reminisce on how the Great Land of Opportunity came to be.

The Good Lord Bird – Voot Select  

Touted amongst the best series of 2020, The Good Lord features Ethan Hawke portraying abolitionist John Brown in this series based on the novel of the same name. Narrated by “Onion”, a fictional enslaved boy who becomes a member of Brown’s family of abolitionist soldiers, the sequences unfold the events leading up to the 1859 raid at Harpers Ferry. The series was Hawke’s debut as a television producer as well and is expected to win big at the award season.

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John Adams – Amazon Prime Video

Adapted from David McCullough’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, this lavish seven-part miniseries chronicles the life of Founding Father John Adams, starting with the Boston Massacre of 1770 through his years as an ambassador in Europe, then his terms as vice president and president of the United States, up to his death on July 4, 1826.

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Hamilton – Disney+Hotstar

“Hamilton” is the story of America then, told by America now. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B, and show tunes, “Hamilton” has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theater–a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education. Captured at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Broadway in June 2016, the film transports its audience into the world of the Broadway show in a uniquely intimate way.

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Who Killed Malcolm X – Netflix India

The documentary follows the work of Abdur-Rahman Muhammad, a historian and tour guide in Washington, D.C., who for more than 30 years has been investigating the assassination of Malcolm X.

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The Plot Against America – Disney+Hotstar

An alternate American history during World War II is told through the eyes of a working-class Jewish family in New Jersey as they endure the political rise of Charles Lindbergh, who captures the presidency and turns the nation toward fascism.

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