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Barry Jenkins served as showrunner, executive producer, writer and director to the 10-part Amazon series, The Underground Railroad. Atsushi Nishijima/Amazon Studios hide caption

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'Underground Railroad' Director Barry Jenkins Sees Film As An 'Empathy Machine'

Jenkins says filming his new series about an enslaved girl who escapes from a plantation was the most difficult project of his career — and one that made him feel closer to his own ancestors.

Barry Jenkins served as showrunner, executive producer, writer and director to the 10-part Amazon series, The Underground Railroad. Atsushi Nishijima/Amazon Studios hide caption

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'Underground Railroad' Director Barry Jenkins Sees Film As An 'Empathy Machine'

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