Mexican-Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o will bring to Netflix a musical and animation adaptation of her children’s book Sulwe, the digital giant announced Thursday.
“The story of Sulwe is very close to my heart,” the Oscar winner for best supporting actress for 12 Years a Slave (2013) said in a statement.
“I am excited that the book is being adapted as an animated and musical film that we hope will inspire all children around the world to celebrate its uniqueness,” she added.
With texts by Nyong’o and illustrations by Vashti Harrison, Sulwe (2019) told the story of a black girl who wished her skin was less dark.
“When I grew up, I was uncomfortable with my dark skin. I rarely saw someone who looked like me on the aspirational pages of books or magazines, or even on television. It was a long journey for me to reach self-esteem, ”the actress explained today.
“Sulwe is a mirror for dark-skinned children to see themselves, a window for those who may not be familiar with colorism (discrimination based on skin color) to have understanding and empathy, and an invitation for all those who feel different and invisible to recognize their innate beauty and value ”, he added.