Corruption on the reservation

The plight of a fictional First Nation group against internal corruption is at the core of new international drama series Blackstone, which premieres on Maori Television next week.

Intense, compelling and confrontational, Blackstone is an unmuted exploration of First Nations’ power and politics, unfolding over nine one-hour episodes, and starts on Tuesday 19 July at 9.30PM.

Following on from Canadian supernatural mystery-thriller Rabbit Fall, which wraps up tonight, Blackstone is a raw, authentic drama telling the story of the fictional Blackstone First Nation suffering disintegration by its own hand – the result of the corruption of its chief and council. From within the community, a new generation of leaders rise up and fight to create a lasting and substantial change.

The show’s creator, Ron E. Scott, who also wrote, directed and executive produced the series, says: “Blackstone is relevant and relational in an aboriginal story world, with universal themes and conflicts that are not only relatable to some First Nations out there today, but also to the world of politics and power in general”.

An uncompromising story told from an aboriginal point of view, Blackstone is in sharp contrast to sympathetic stories about First Nations’ people being victimised by outside forces.

While the dramatisation can be dark and all too real at times, Blackstone is foremost a story of hope and reconcilation in its portrayal of Native people fighting for a better life in their community.

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