OHSOGRAY attended the premiere of NatGeo’s 2-night movie event, Saints & Strangers and talked with Barry Sloane (“Edward Winslow”), Kalani Queypo (“Squanto”), Ron Livingston (“John Carver”), Tatanka Means (“Hobbamock”), and Raoul Trujillo (“Massasoit”) about their perspectives on the changing nature of Thanksgiving and what drew them to the project. Here’s a brief synopsis of the show:
“Saints & Strangers is a story that goes beyond the familiar historical account of Thanksgiving and the founding of Plymouth Plantation, revealing the trials and tribulations of the settlers at Plymouth: 102 men, women and children who sailed on a chartered ship for a place they had never seen. Of this group, half are those we think of as “pilgrims,” religious separatists who abandoned their prior lives for a single cause: religious freedom. The other half, the “merchant adventurers,” had less spiritual and more material, real-world objectives. This clash of values created complex inner struggles for the group as they sought to establish a new colony, compounded by a complicated relationship with the local Native American tribes. The conflicting allegiances among these groups culminated in trials of assimilation, faith, and compromise, that continued to define our nation to this day.”
Saints & Strangers airs November 22nd and 23rd at 9/8c on NatGeo.