Far from the entertainment that idealizes the American dream, some series present themselves as more realistic and honest mirrors of society. Among them, Reservation Dogs, Dopesick and The Chi are available now on Disney +.
AMERINDIAN TEENS FILLED WITH HOPE
Long forgotten in an American history that glorifies the role of settlers, members of the Amerindian community are in the spotlight in the comedy Reservation Dogs, a real nugget by Taika Waititi and Sterlin Harjo. Taking place in Oklahoma, where the latter grew up, this series depicts the daily life of four teenagers desperate to leave their reserve and head for California.
It’s in full theft, behind the wheel of a stolen crisps truck, that we meet this band of funny and endearing friends who we quickly fall in love with, in particular thanks to the talent of Devery Jacobs, D’Pharaoh Woon-A -Tai, Paulina Alexis and Lane Factor.
With humor, but also sincerity, Reservation Dogs paints an authentic portrait of Native Americans. To do this, the creators of the series have entrusted their project to a creative team made up of real natives of Indian reserves, both for the writing of the scripts and the realization as well as for the screen. Already renewed for a second season, quickly discover this brilliant comedy on Disney +.
A TRUE AND SCANDALOUS STORY
While the United States is still hit hard by the opioid crisis today, the Dopesick mini-series looks back on the origins of this dramatic episode in the country’s history: the marketing of an analgesic allegedly non-addictive, which will actually wreak havoc on the lives of countless victims and their loved ones.
Based on real events, the series is inspired by the bestseller of journalist Beth Macy, executive producer of this adaptation. We follow the investigation of assistant prosecutors Rick Mountcastle and Randy Ramseyer, in parallel behind the scenes of the pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma and the meetings of its leaders, but also the shocking daily life of families affected by addiction.
Currently airing on Disney +, this gripping drama brings together faces well known to viewers to bring this tragic story to life: Michael Keaton leading the way, surrounded by Kaitlyn Dever, Rosario Dawson, Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg and Will Poulter. Find them in the first four episodes available on the platform.
A DIFFERENT LOOK AT CHICAGO
In The Chi, a series that has gone rather unnoticed since arriving on the Disney + platform this summer in France, Lena Waithe – the first black screenwriter to be awarded an Emmy Award for an episode of the comedy Master of None in 2017 – is inspired by his own life to tell the daily life of the inhabitants of the southern district of Chatham, in Chicago.
Through the intersecting destinies of four characters and those around them, whose lives are turned upside down following a tragic event, the actress and screenwriter wanted above all to offer a more honest and human representation of the Afro community. American. A success since the series has been renewed for a fifth season!
The cast includes Jacob Latimore (Le Labyrinthe), Alex R. Hibbert (Moonlight), Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine (Treme), Jason Mitchell (NWA: Straight Outta Compton) and Yolonda Ross (The Get Down). Discover the first four seasons of The Chi on Disney + now.