The DuSable Museum of African American History and film studio Stelo Stories are teaming up to tell the story of a West African boy kidnapped into slavery.
“Equiano.Stories” is a new film that can only be viewed on Instagram. It brings to life the story of Olaudah Equiano, who was enslaved at 11 years old in 1756. His life is recounted in a series of stories posted over a 48-hour period. Followers can watch Equiano’s life and journey as if he is living right now and posting about his day.
The film project will start out with Equiano as a carefree boy to being kidnapped and taken to a slave ship.
“What this story focuses on is the most important to us as educators of Black history,” said Perri Irmer, president and CEO of the DuSable Museum. “And that is our origin story, which begins in freedom, not in slavery. And that origin story this way has never really been told, so we’re very excited and honored to be bringing Equiano’s story to new generations, younger generations, and really highlighting the beauty of African life before enslavement, which is something that is so much needed.”
The DuSable Museum will also have an exhibit of Equiano’s village to coincide with the film’s release. Visitors will be able to experience the culture of West Africa and see pieces previously unseen by the public.
“Equiano.Stories” is based on Olaudah Equiano’s memoir, which is one of the only firsthand accounts of life before slavery written by an African author.