United Shades of America


CNN’s newest original series follows political comedian W. Kamau Bell as he explores America’s racial stereotypes and lifestyles. Kamau asks questions and gets himself into some awkward and, at times, unpredictable situations, while making people laugh along the way.
The Festival is screening an episode in which he travels to Harrison, Arkansas, a charming southern town that happens to have a thriving chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. While Harrison’s leaders want to promote their home as inclusive and tolerant, the KKK are determined to use new PR tactics to keep all minorities out. Kamau questions whether this “new KKK” is really anything different.

United Shades of America offers the perfect template for Kamau to showcase his impressive insights and humor. By diving headfirst into areas that he “doesn’t understand,” he utilizes laughter to bring the most unlikely of people together. While he doesn’t shy away from asking the tough questions, he is also at times in fear of his life—all the while wondering, can’t we all just get along?

The screening will be followed by a conversation and Q&A.

YEAR 2015

SECTION Special Events


RUN TIME 42 min


EMAIL molly.harrington@turner.com


Executive Producer
Director Of Photography
Co Executive Producer

Artist Bio

Jimmy Fox

Jimmy Fox is executive vice president of Objective Productions USA—an All3Media company based in London. In addition to adapting the formats created by Objective Productions, he creates and develops original series across both scripted and unscripted for the US market. Prior to Objective, Fox was head of creative development for Ben Silverman's Electus where he oversaw development for all drama, comedy and unscripted projects.

W. Kamau Bell

W. Kamau Bell is a socio-political comedian. He is best known for his critically acclaimed, but criminally short-lived FX series, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. Bell has a weekly podcast with Kevin Avery, Denzel Washington is The Greatest Actor of All Time Period. The New York Times called Kamau Bell “the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years.”