A learning story, “David Makes Man” follows in the footsteps of a brilliant teenager struck by mourning, torn between his desire to succeed and the call of the street. The new series in France starts on June 4 on Serieclub.
What is it about ?
David, 14, is a young prodigy haunted by the death of his best friend. His mother, who has multiple jobs, is counting on him to get out of poverty. He finds himself having to choose between life on the street or studying.
David Makes Man, Created by Tarell Alvin McCraney
With Akili McDowell, Alana arenas, Nathaniel Logan McIntyre …
2 seasons – From June 4 on Serieclub
Under the best auspices
Oscar winner for Best Adapted Screenplay for Barry Jenkins’ film Moonlight, from his own play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, Tarell Alvin McCraney co-wrote and co-produced his first television work in 2019, after a collaboration with Steven Soderbergh the same year in the cinema (High Flying Bird).
Overseen by showrunner Denitria Harris-Lawrence (All Rise) and co-produced by Oprah Winfrey, the series initially aired on OWN, the American talk show queen’s Canadian television channel. In 2020, the streaming platform HBO Max announces that it has acquired the rights to broadcast the series.
In the casting, Akili McDowell (Billions) plays the young David, a brilliant student who aspires to join a prestigious high school. In college, he experiences jealousy for his friend Seren (Nathaniel Logan McIntyre), from a wealthy family. At home, he has to watch over his little brother JG while his mother (Alana Arenas) accumulates working hours to get them out of precariousness.
When alone, David confides in Sky (Isaiah Johnson), his mentor. But he is the only one to see it, because Sky is no longer of this world …
A lyrical and dreamlike tale
The peculiarity of David Makes Man lies in his narration, both classic and surprising in its sensitive tone, in tune with the emotions of his young hero. Struck with dreamlike visions and sensations, David seeks to channel his overflowing creativity and find his place in a world where he is constantly referred to his image as a young black city.
Enriched with aesthetic discoveries and poetic dialogues, David Makes Man recalls in several places Moonlight – the gaze at child level, the relationship to a mentor and spiritual father disappeared, the feeling of difference and strangeness in the world – for au final deliver a unique television experience, which knows how to break free from traditional television narrative codes to tell an intimate story, rooted in questions of African-American identity.
Expected for June 22, 2021 in the United States, season 2 of the series will focus on a David who has become an adult, several years after the events of season 1. The hero will be played this time by Kwame Patterson, seen in Ray Donovan and especially in The Wire, where he played the role of Monk.
David Makes Man, from June 4 at 8:55 p.m. on Serieclub