"3-disc box set"
"I found this as good today, as I did when I was 12"
"a potential classic which educates"
"an epic drama which has lessons for today"
Roots - Original Series - 25th Anniversary
The television drama which tells the story of the
abduction of a black native and his transportation to the States.
Based on Alex Haley's bestseller,
the 1977 TV mini-series Roots told the harrowing story of one man's
ancestors, commencing with African warrior Kunta Kinte, captured,
transported to America, stripped of his dignity, his rights, and even his
name. He tries but fails to escape before accepting he can never return to
Africa. He marries and bears a daughter, Kizzy, who is callously sold,
then raped by her new "master". However, her son, Chicken George, a
resourceful dab hand with gamecocks, lives long enough to see his own
children attain a liberty of sorts following the Civil War.
Roots is told in the same, accessible way as The Waltons or Bonanza, yet it is never bland or evasive. It
leaves no doubt as to the torment and abuse suffered by blacks, and
although the series' conclusion is fictionally satisfying, for many of the
black characters their only hope lies in generations yet unborn.
It is sturdy enough drama but its greatest, most revolutionary effects
were social. It persuaded American audiences to regard their history from
a black perspective, and to see how - against odds far more desperate than
those the pilgrims faced - Africans laid claim to their status as free
African-Americans. Roots was massively popular, and, most importantly, it changed forever the way black
people were depicted on American TV.
On the DVD: Extra features include a "Roots Family
Tree", a copious, informative audio commentary featuring members of cast
and crew, and a documentary, "Remembering Roots".
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