Indian American script writer and filmmaker Veena Sud, on Friday, launched her Netflix miniseries Seven Seconds, a 10-episode investigative drama series based on the accidental death of a black teen in the days after Ferguson.
Sud, who was born to Indian parents in Toronto and moved to Ohio at the age of two, is better recognized as the director of the American version of The Killing, which was first aired on AMC and later on Netflix.
Seven Seconds is a crime drama series that unveils, through investigation, an accident involving a black teen and a white police officer who was rushing to the hospital with his pregnant wife. The hit and run case is covered up in the aftermath of violent protests that ensued the shooting of an African American in Ferguson.
Sud is touching on a highly contentious subject and her life as the daughter of Indian parents will help her in narrating the story in an unbiased manner.
According to Sud, the plot of the movie flashed in her mind in the spring of 2015 after a series of shooting events involving black Americans and white police officers. It is aforethought about what can happen if another black man or teen gets killed by a police officer.
In 2014 and 2015, America witnessed the murder of Michael Brown, Freddie Gray and Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old kid, all African Americans, in the hands of white police officers. According to Sud, the protests and the anger made her write the series.
“So I wanted to examine race and violence in America, especially as a person of colour myself, but I also wanted to look at it in a different way,” she told The Stat. “I picked the car accident very specifically … it is not a hair trigger decision about pulling the trigger; it’s making a decision over the course of those seven seconds to leave a child in the snow. It’s really creating that juxtaposition between whose lives matter in America and whose children really matter.”
Seven Seconds will see Clare-Hope Ashitey, Regina King, and Beau Knapp, in lead roles.
Sud, a New York University’s film school graduate, also received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Film and Television program at NYU. After college, she worked as a broadcast journalist in New York before launching a career as a television writer.