Showtime Documentary Films Announces Emmy Winner “We Must Talk Cosby” W. Kamau Bell
SHOWTIME Documentary Films announced today WE HAVE TO TALK ABOUT COSBY, a four-part docuserie by Emmy®award-winning director W. Kamau Bell (United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell) which offers an in-depth look at the groundbreaking career and personal lineage of Bill Cosby. WE HAVE TO TALK ABOUT COSBY will screen at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22, before its SHOWTIME premiere on Sunday, January 30 at 10 p.m. ET / PT. All episodes will be available on all SHOWTIME streaming and VOD platforms on January 30. The announcement was made by Vinnie Malhotra, Executive Vice President, Non-Fiction Programming, Showtime Networks Inc.
Cosby, the acclaimed African-American comedian, actor, philanthropist and icon, who has been revered for decades as “America’s Father,” has come to prominence as a defendant in a sexual assault lawsuit. The series explores the complex history of Cosby’s life and work, comparing his actions to his indisputable global influence through interviews with comedians, cultural commentators, journalists and women who share their most personal encounters and most poignant with Cosby. Through archival footage, Cosby reveals who he perhaps always was – the antithesis of the principled public figure who became a hero, not just to African Americans, but to everyone.
Source of the trailer: Youtube.
The four-part document sheds new light on the cultural contributions and impact of Cosby at the height of his disgrace – accused of rape, drug-facilitated sexual assault, sexual assault and other misconduct by more than 60 women almost 60 years ago. Bell, who grew up idolizing Cosby, explains how Cosby’s desire for power, which propelled his professional success, might be the same driving force that motivated his alleged crimes against women. WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT COSBY peels through intricate layers, portraying the genius performer, philanthropist, and model, contrasted by the accused sexual predator who now defines him. It offers viewers the chance to reconsider Cosby’s brand in a society where rape culture, toxic masculinity, capitalism, and white supremacy shape the way we re-evaluate sex, power, and agency.
“As a kid of Bill Cosby, I was a huge fan of all of his shows and wanted to be a comedian because of him,” Bell said. “I never thought I would one day wrestle with who we all thought Cosby was and who we now understand him to be. I’m not sure he would want me to do this job, but Cliff Huxtable definitely would.
“Kamau courageously ventured into a very complicated and nuanced area of Bill Cosby’s story, which has yet to be explored in such depth. It’s an important and underestimated take on the legacy of one of history’s most iconic African-American artists, ”added Malhotra.
Bell is a comedian, director, executive producer, host and author. He hosts and produces the Emmy® Award-winning United Shades of America docuseries and co-hosts the Politically Re-Active podcast. Bell’s second book, Do the Work: An Anti-Racist Activity Book, co-authored by Kate Schatz, will be released by Workman in July 2022. Bell is the ACLU Celebrity Ambassador for Racial Justice and serves on the Advisory Board of Hollaback! and the DonorsChoose Board of Directors.
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT COSBY is a Boardwalk Pictures production in association with WKB Industries for SHOWTIME, directed by W. Kamau Bell. The series is produced by Bell, Andrew Fried, Katie A. King, Dane Lillegard, Jordan Wynn and Sarina Roma. King is also a showrunner and Geraldine Porras is an executive co-producer.
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