Amazon’s first An American Girl Story special arrives this October
James R | On 05, Oct 2016
Amazon’s first An American Girl Story special arrives this October.
An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win kicks off four one-off dramas, with Marsai Martin (Black-ish) starring as the titular American Girl, Melody.
Based in 1963 Detroit during the civil rights movement, the drama follows 10-year-old Melody, whose eyes are opened to the racial inequality surrounding her, including the 1963 Birmingham Church Bombing. As a result, her belief in the “indivisible” promise of our country’s Pledge of Allegiance comes into question as she challenges her teacher on the validity of this given the horrific tragedy. After an emotional journey of self-reflection, her mother gives her the courage she needs by instilling in her that love brings out the best in everyone; reminding Melody that it’s important to “stand up for what’s right, even when it’s hard or scary.”
“The American Girl Melody special is an empowering and inspiring story that will quickly become a favorite for young girls, while bringing families together to help start a healthy dialogue,” says Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios. “Although our special is historical, the themes presented are sadly very timely and relevant for the world in which kids today are exposed.”
The cast includes Frances Fisher (Titanic) as Miss Abbot, Frankie Faison (The Wire) as Melody’s grandfather Frank Ellison, and Idara Victor (TURN: Washington’s Spies) as Melody’s mother Frances Ellison. Executive produced by Alison McDonald (Roots), Oscar winner Common’s Freedom Road Productions, and Christopher Keenan and Melinda McCrocklin for American Girl, the special is directed and produced by Tina Mabry (Mississippi Damned, Queen Sugar).
It will be released on Friday 21st October on Amazon Prime Video in the UK and US.