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Black Seeds: The History of Africans in America

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Black Seeds: The History of Africans In America
File:Black seeds 2021 film movie poster.jpg
Directed byBayer Mack
Produced byBayer Mack
Frances Presley-Rice
Written byBayer Mack
Narrated byCarey Conley
Music byVarious
Edited byBayer Mack
Distributed byBlock Starz Music Television
Release date
  • January 29, 2021 (2021-01-29)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States

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Black Seeds: The History of Africans in America is an award-winning 2021 independent documentary film by Bayer Mack that re-examines the history of African people in America and tracks the evolution of their armed resistance to slavery.[1]


Black Seeds: The History of Africans in America uses dramatic historical reenactments, rare period illustrations and an original music score to explain the socioeconomic reasons behind the development of the transatlantic slave trade and shows how the institution of chattel slavery took root in the United States of America.


Black Seeds is based on the 2020 textbook Black History 1619-2019: An Illustrated and Documented African-American History by Sandra Yocum and Frances Presley Rice. Carey Conley, an Atlanta, Georgia native and a graduate of Specs Howard School of Media Arts was cast as lead narrator before filming began on April 28, 2020. The seven month production featured a dozen supporting voice actors from four different countries.

In a statement posted on FilmFreeway, director Bayer Mack, who also wrote and scored the film, said,

“It's a film I said I would never make. I have never been a fan of slave movies, but researching for this project gave me a newfound appreciation for the perseverance of our ancestors.”[2]


Block Starz Music Television released a two-minute trailer of Black Seeds: The History of Africans in America on the Fourth of July. On Halloween night 2021, local television viewers in the Greater Boston metropolitan area were given an advance screening of Black Seeds: The History of Africans in America on Cambridge Community Television. The documentary had its official world premiere at the Denton Black Film Festival in Denton, Texas, where it won "Best Documentary Feature" and was awarded a $20,000 camera package from Panavision.[3][4][5]


Awards and Festival Selections received by No Lye: An American Beauty Story
Award/Festival Category Nominee Result
2021 Denton Black Film Festival Best Documentary Feature Bayer Mack Won


  1. "BLACK SEED Premiering in CAMBRIDGE,MA on Oct 31st at 6:30 PM on channel 9. Premiering on Oct 31st at 6:30 PM on channel 9". Cambridge Community Television. 2020-10-30. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  2. "Black Seeds: The History of Africans in America". FilmFreeway.com. 2020-10-26. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  3. "4th of July – Black America Tribute Video". The Atlanta Inquirer. 2020-07-07. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  4. "2021 Denton Black Film Festival schedule". Denton Record-Chronicle. 2021-01-26. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  5. "Denton Black Film Festival wraps online event with awards". Denton Record-Chronicle. 2021-02-01. Retrieved 2021-02-01.

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Category:American documentary films Category:American films Category:American independent films Category:Documentary films about African Americans Category:Documentary films about slavery in the United States Category:Films about race and ethnicity Films featuring slavery, List of Films featuring slavery, List of Slavery, Films featuring

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