UPDATE with trailer: HBO has set an April 7 release date and revealed the first trailer for the planned hybrid series, Destroy all the bullies.
The four parts of the famous director Raoul Peck (I’m not your nigga) dissect the processes by which history is created and concealed. According to HBO, it will specifically examine the “exploitative and genocidal aspects of European colonialism,” asking viewers to reflect on how it continues to affect society today.
Based on the work of three renowned authors and scholars – Sven Lindqvist (Destroy all the bullies), Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (A History of the Indigenous Peoples of the United States) and Michel-Rolph Trouillot (Silence the past) –the series represents a revolutionary “personal journey” through time on the part of Peck.
“As writers, creators, filmmakers, we have no choice but to try to reflect our societies and analyze them in the best possible way,” says Peck. “And as artists, we have to break the boundaries of our art.”
Intertwining documentary and archival footage with animation, the genre-bending series also features “interpretive scripted scenes,” directed by actor Josh Hartnett (Die Hart, Terrible penny). It is produced by Velvet Films, with Peck and Rémi Grellety as executive producers. Sara Rodriguez is a senior producer for HBO, with Lisa Heller and Nancy Abraham also on board as an EP.
Destroy all the bullies will debut Wednesday, 7 at 9 p.m. ET / PT, with two consecutive episodes. Its last two episodes will air consecutively at the same time on Thursday, April 8. All four episodes will air on HBO Max on April 7.
Take a look at the first trailer for the series above.