Roots

TV Mini-Series | USA 2016 | 1x90' (4x90') | English OV

In 1978, the TV series ROOTS was an unexpected US ratings hit: this first major pop-cultural phenomenon to address the history of slavery in the United States drew an audience of over 100 million viewers. Almost forty years later, the story of the slave Kunta Kinte and his descendants has now been remade with a star ensemble and big budget as a series of made-for-television movies. The first instalment tells the story of Kunta’s childhood and adolescence in a mid-18th century village in what is present-day Gambia. At the age of 17, he is kidnapped by another family in the course of a feud and sold into slavery. He ends up on a plantation in the South of the United States. But he does not lose his rebellious spirit. Brilliantly directed by Phillip Noyce (SALT), the action, melodrama, and occasional brutal realism of this film makes the original series seem almost tame in comparison. As the New York Times has put it: »ROOTS for the Black Lives Matter era.«

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Director
Phillip Noyce
Cast
Herbert Cavalier Jr., Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Forest Whitaker, Laurence Fishburne
Script
Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal, Alison McDonald, Charles Murray
Producers
Ann Kindberg, Cheryl Eatock
Executive Producers
William Packer, Marc Toberoff, Barry Jossen, Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal
Photography
Peter Menzies Jr., Sharone Meir
Editor
Greg Babor, David Beatty, Neil Mandelberg, Martin Nicholson, James Wilcox
Casting
Victoria Thomas, Leo Davis, Lissy Holm
Production Design
Ida Random, David Barkham, Jonathan Hely-Hutchinson

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