Over the weekend, at the Television Critics Association’s Winter Press Tour, TV One announced the expansion of its programming with the introduction of monthly original films throughout the year, beginning in February.
Included in its new original movie lineup is “White Water,” a drama set to air Saturday, February 7th at 8PM/ET, which is described as a riveting and culturally relevant film exploring the complex experience of a child’s first encounter with racial tension during the civil rights era.
Directed by Rusty Cundieff, the story the film tells is said to be based on true events, set in Opelika, Alabama, during the summer of 1963. “White Water” follows Michael (played separately by twins Amir and Amari O’Neil), a seven-year-old black boy who becomes obsessed with the desire to taste water from the “whites only” drinking fountain. His loving and protective mother, Annie (played by Sharon Leal), and free-spirited father, Terrance (Larenz Tate), learn of Michael’s obsession with tasting the “white water” and make several attempts to steer him away from this risky adventure. All of Michael’s friends, the local police and the KKK are also against Michael’s mission. His unwavering determination to ignore racial limitations leads him to finally understand the true dangers of his quest.
During the film, Michael applies a child’s logic to decipher the conventions of racism. His insights are consistently more practical than the logic of the closed-minded adults that created the customs of the segregated South, but as Michael quickly matures, he must consider whether the risks involved are worth the reward.
“White Water” is produced by Dwayne Johnson-Cochran, and the screenplay by Michael C. Brandy and Eric Stein.
Jubba Seyyid serves as Executive in Charge of Production for TV One, and D’Angela Proctor is Executive Producer for the network.
Check out its first trailer below: