Grio Exclusive Trailer: Netflix’s ‘Burning Sands’ tackles black greek pledging (WATCH)

A new movie from Netflix is diving into the world of Black Greek organizations with Burning Sands, a complex and raw look at the pledging process through the eyes of one young man.

Directed by Fruitvale Station (2013) producer Gerard McMurray, Burning Sands explores the benefits and beauty of fraternity brotherhood, along with the often ugly side of underground hazing.

“My idea was originally inspired by some news stories that were happening at the time,” McMurray says.

“It dawned on me that the life of a young man is fraught with all types of peril, no matter what the situation. Even those who are in a supposedly ideal situation, like college, often go through violent, dramatic experiences as a rite of passage.”

The movie stars Trevor Jackson (American Crime) in his breakout role as Zurich, as well as Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight), Emmy Award-wining actress Alfre Woodard (12 Years A Slave), Serayah (Empire) and Steve Harris (Chi-Raq).

Burning Sands hits Netflix on March 10.

 

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