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What Is Netflix's American Son Movie About?

Kerry Washington Demands Answers About Her Missing Child in the American Son Trailer

You only have to watch a few seconds of Netflix's American Son trailer to become hooked. Right away, we're catapulted into a heart-wrenching story about a mother, Kendra Ellis-Connor (Kerry Washington), who's on a mission to find her missing son. Desperate for answers, she tries to figure out what happened at a South Florida police station.

It soon becomes clear that she and her estranged ex-husband (Steven Pasquale) are alone in wanting to solve the mystery as law enforcement undermine their panic with attitudes laced with bias and discrimination. Packed with emotion, the story — based on the Broadway play by Christopher Demos-Brown — depicts the plights of black Americans, raising an interracial son, and finding a point of convergence somewhere beyond racial barriers. Above, watch the trailer before American Son hits Netflix on Nov. 1.

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