J. Cole is one of the co-producers of an upcoming PBS docuseries called Raising Bertie, which follows three men from Bertie County, NC. Here’s a first look.
With audio of former President Obama’s 2009 speech play, the moving trailer are introduces to the series’ protagonists and their loved ones.
“In editing this story, there were competing pressures: to fight against stereotypes, to tell an exciting story, to tell a story of unexpected success, and to prove that a filmmaker can communicate an honest story about a culture that is not her own,” said director Margaret Byrne.
“The truth is, I made a film about three kids I met and cared about,” added Byrne. “I knew their story needed telling. The individuals in this story are representative of their community and they matter.”
Raising Bertie airs on PBS on Aug. 28.