Seen & Heard

Two-part documentary Seen & Heard explores the history of Black television as seen through the eyes of trailblazers who wrote, produced, created, and starred in groundbreaking series of the past and present.

Produced and directed by award-winning documentarian Phil Bertelsen (Who Killed Malcolm X?), the documentary will offer cultural commentary about representation in Black storytelling and feature interviews with actors, showrunners, writers, celebrities, and other notable influencers as well as verité-driven segments and inventive use of archival material. The featured participants will reflect on their own experiences watching Black characters represented on television yesterday and today, while sharing insights into their current creative endeavors, personal experiences, and inspiration, providing a window into the larger evolution of Black storytellers across television history.

Seen & Heard
is executive produced by Issa Rae (HBO’s Insecure) and Montrel McKay of Issa Rae Productions, the Peabody and Emmy-nominated team at 3 Arts Entertainment, including Jonathan Berry and David Becky (HBO’s Insecure and A Black Lady Sketch Show), and by the Peabody and Emmy-award winning team at Ark Media, including Rachel Dretzin and Esther Dere.

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