If you’re anticipating the release of a good series in the coming months, Inferno Pictures and Sienna Films’ The Porter, a CBC and BET+ original series, is now underway in Winnipeg, Manitoba! The Porter cast includes Oluniké Adeliyi (Titans, American Gods), Loren Lott (American Idol, Tag), Aml Ameen (I May Destroy You, Yardie), Ronnie Rowe Jr. (Star Trek: Discovery, Pretty Hard Cases)and Mouna Traoré (Self Made, The Umbrella Academy).
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The Porter is created by Arnold Pinnock and Bruce Ramsay. It’s set in the roaring 20’s and takes a look at the dramatic and compelling stories of the Black community in St. Antoine, Montreal — known, at the time, as the “Harlem of the North.” The story is told through the eyes of two Black train porters, each on their own different paths towards liberation.
“Bruce and I have always wanted to showcase the Railway Porters and their families – and the impact they had in Black communities in cities across North America.”Arnold Pinnock
The Porter captures the stories of Black individuals who fought to ignite the civil rights movement in North America! For the American and Canadian men working as railway porters, it’s a fight for equity and dignity. For the women in their lives, facing sexism and racism, it’s a movement to claim their independence and identity.
They’re young, gifted and Black, from Canada, the Caribbean, and the U.S., and they find themselves thrown together north and south of the colour line. In an era that boasts anything is possible, if change isn’t coming for them, they will come for it!
“It’s a critical time to bring Black stories to our screens, especially those that detail the trials and triumphs of the real women and men who fought for equality before us. We look forward to working with CBC and this strong creative team to bring this story to life.”Devin Griffin, Executive Vice President and General Manager, BET+