As a follow up to the critically acclaimed and Emmy-nominated series The Story of God with Morgan Freeman, National Geographic is bringing the Academy Award winner back to tell the story of humans around the world amid a time of severe division.
The Story of Us follows Freeman around the world as he discovers cultures very different from his own to explore what different cultures rely on to survive and how, at the core of it all, we all have a common thread that connects us: we are all human. Beyond meeting the people that make up these communities, Freeman will also meet with the powerful people that lead them, including the President of Rwanda, a former member of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church, and former President Bill Clinton.
“Talking with three Presidents and two Nobel Peace Prize winners and traveling to remote regions of Africa and Central America was a memorable experience for me,” Freeman said. “It was an incredibly global journey to understand how human culture has taken on so many remarkable forms.”
The series is made up of six, hour-long episodes focusing on different themes each week: freedom, peace, love, social division, power and rebellion. During those six episodes, Freeman sets out to answer big questions: Why do some people rise to power while others don’t? Why do we fall in love, not just in a romantic way but with friends and strangers? How has the desire to share our beliefs built different cultures?
“In this time of growing social, racial and cultural divisions, The Story of Us reveals how we are bound together by our common humanity,” Freeman said.
The Story of Us is set to premiere on Wednesday, October 11 at 9pm ET on National Geographic. Watch the second season of The Story of God with Morgan Freeman on National Geographic on-demand now.