Oscar-winning director Barry Jenkins's The Underground Railroad releases this week, the most ambitious series to tackle slavery in the United States since Roots in the 1970s.
All 10 episodes land on Amazon Prime Friday, the culmination of a project that took 116 days to film, some costing $1.5 million each, according to The New York Times.
The series, funded by the e-commerce giant's video arm, comes after the debate over compensation for descendants of slaves was renewed by the Black Lives Matter protests that swept the United States last year following the police murder of George Floyd.
The widely hailed Roots, released in 1977, was the first major US television work to extensively document slavery.
Since then, several feature films have tackled the subject, including 12 Years a Slave and Amistad.
Jenkins, who won Best Picture for 2016's Moonlight, shows the horrors of slavery through Cora, a young woman who escapes from a plantation in …