NEW YORK – (January 19, 2022) – discovery+, the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service, and NowThis, today announced a new original limited docuseries Uprooted, that tells the injustice of the 1986 unsolved hanging death of a 19-year-old Black man, Keith Warren, in Silver Spring, Maryland. All episodes will stream Friday, February 18 on discovery+.
Never thoroughly investigated, Keith Warren's sister Sherri has spent 35 years seeking the truth about what happened to her brother. Fighting systemic corruption at every turn, her end goal is to change Keith's death certificate to reflect the truth. Featuring interviews with Keith Warren’s friends and family as well as both active and retired law enforcement, forensic experts, eyewitnesses and private investigators, Uprooted includes never-before-reported support for the probability Keith Warren did not die by suicide.
Uprooted will be accompanied by a six-part podcast hosted by Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza. Listeners will hear from academics, activists, artists, and culture critics like actor and activist Kendrick Sampson, Color of Change President Rashad Robinson, activist Linda Sarsour, sociologist Nancy Wang-Yuen, Uprooted director Avril Z. Speaks and more, to dive deeper into inequitable systems that influenced the outcome of Keith’s case and the impact that remains today. The series will peel back the layers and shed light on the criminal investigations, police corruption, media accountability, the “perfect victim,” and generational trauma.
“This is a story that needs to be heard by everyone,” said Lisa Holme, Group SVP of Content and Commercial Strategy for Discovery. “Our partners at NowThis did an incredible job uncovering new information and gaining access to those most intimately involved in the case. It is a story about the fight against injustice and corruption that resonates as much today as when it first occurred.”
“This docuseries is the culmination of a years-long effort at NowThis to shed light on the true circumstances behind Keith Warren’s tragic death, and amplify the voice of his sister Sherri who has fought tirelessly for justice,” said Matt McDonough, Executive Producer of NowThis Originals. “We’re proud to partner with Discovery to tell this important story that has gone unseen and unheard, and to continue to illuminate vital issues like corruption and racial injustice – issues with which our audience is deeply engaged.”
Uprooted is NowThis’ first-ever long-form docuseries in partnership with discovery+, spearheaded by NowThis and Group Nine Studios, the studios arm of Group Nine Media. Uprooted is directed by Avril Z. Speaks and Executive Produced by Matt McDonough alongside NowThis’ Tina Exarhos. The project marks an expansion of NowThis’ investment in social justice-focused true crime content.
discovery+ is the definitive non-fiction, real life subscription streaming service. discovery+ has the largest-ever content offering of any new streaming service at launch, featuring a wide range of exclusive, original series across popular, passion verticals in which Discovery brands have a strong leadership position, including lifestyle and relationships; home and food; true crime; paranormal; adventure and natural history; as well as science, tech and the environment, and a slate of high-quality documentaries. For more, visit discoveryplus.com or find it on a variety of platforms and devices, including ones from Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Roku and Samsung.
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