The Story of Us: Ambitious journey seeks answers to crucial questions

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Saudi Gazette Report

THE National Geographic is presenting the global premiere of its brand-new series The Story of Us with Morgan Freeman, in the Middle East. It takes viewers on a global journey to meet with people from different cultures whose lives are shaped in surprising ways by different fundamental forces, exploring themes that unite us all such as love and freedom. The new series presented by Hollywood legend Morgan Freeman, will premiere on Sunday, Jan. 14 at 9 p.m. KSA 6 p.m. GMT on National Geographic.

At a time when global events seem to be driving cultures apart, The Story of Us aims to reveal the common humanity that lies inside each one of us. Each of the six, hour-long episodes will explore a single fundamental force or topic: freedom, peace, love, social division, power and rebellion. Along the way Freeman meets and speaks with powerful world leaders, ordinary people with extraordinary stories and everyone in between.

Among those Freeman speaks with on his journeys:

Albert Woodfox (“The March of Freedom”), one of three prison inmates put in solitary confinement in Louisiana State Penitentiary in April 1972 after the killing of a corrections officer. He was kept in solitary confinement for more than 43 years until his conviction was overturned in 2014. He was finally released in 2016.

Paul Kagame (“The Fight for Peace”), the president of Rwanda, whose people have been able to make peace after a horrific civil war. Freeman also meets with a Tutsi who has reconciled with the Hutu who killed her family.

Joshua Coombes (“The Power of Love”), a hairstylist from London who began a global social movement called #DoSomethingForNothing, which encourages people to carry out everyday small acts of kindness. For Coombes, that meant offering free haircuts to the homeless to help give them back their dignity.

Megan Phelps-Roper (“Us and Them”), a prominent member of the Westboro Baptist Church before leaving in 2012. Since then, she has become an advocate for people and ideas she was once taught to despise — especially the value of empathizing with people across ideological lines.

Bill Clinton (“The Power of Us”), who discusses what it’s like to bear the weight of wielding great power, both in the United States and around the world.

Patrisse Cullors (“The Spirit of Rebellion”), one of the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement. The abuse of her brother at the hands of the police started her on the road to fighting for social justice.
...And many others.

“Talking with three presidents and two Nobel Peace Prize winners and traveling to remote regions of Africa and Central America was a memorable experience for me. It was an incredible global journey to understand how human culture has taken on so many remarkable forms,” Freeman said.

The Story of Us will air on the following satellite channels across the GCC: OSN – Channel # 513, beIN – Channel # 302 and Ooredoo – Channel # 457


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