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As good as the actors are here, they deserved a less melodramatic and cliche script than they got. Luckily, star Michaela Cole has a nice chemistry with John Goodman and the pair save this from being just another offering on Netflix.
Black Earth Rising is actually about seeking the light. As Kate learns the buried truth about the past...she begins to escape its clutches, transforming herself from an innocent victimized by history into a wised-up woman who's trying to make it.
Black Earth Rising is grounded in one of the most viscerally horrifying events in human history. Yet with every misstep and unnecessary contortion, the show dulls the edge of its remarkably potent source material.
Has its share of powers to recommend it -- among them, the riveting history that is its subject; its visual richness; and, not least, the complex questions of guilt and responsibility it poses about a catastrophe like the one that took place in Rwanda.
What's most striking about Black Earth Rising -- outside of the constant touching, the terrific performances, and the thoughtful filmmaking, anyway -- is that it's essentially a legal thriller mixed with a painful search for personal history.
Blick's storytelling style can sometimes seem maddening - there are key elements just out of your view, and until they come into focus, the viewer will be drowning in confusion. But patience is always rewarded.
While Blick admirably wants to inform and interrogate a topic most of the world would like to ignore, Black Earth Rising is overly confident in all the wrong places and lacks trust in all the right ones.