Roots: The Complete MiniseriesHDClosed Captioning
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His name was Kunta Kinte. Kidnapped from Africa and enslaved in America in 1767, he refused to accept his slave name of Toby. Heirs kept his heroic defiance alive, whispering the name of Kunta Kinte from one generation to the next until it reached a young boy growing up in Tennessee. His name was Alex Haley. And he proclaimed Kunta Kinte's name to the world.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 1||1750. Kunta is born in Juffure, Gambia, West Africa, to parents Omoro and Binta Kinte, and grows to become an able goatherd while absorbing the cultural and religious traditions of his rural village. But the joy upon his successful return from ritual manhood training is tragically short-lived. He and others from nearby tribes are caught by invading foreigners and are eventually transferred to a ship bound for America.||1:37:57||$6.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 2||1767. The captive Africans revolt on the voyage to America but fail to take the Lord Ligonier despite the deaths of many of the ship's crew. Docking in Annapolis, MD, after a harrowing three-month crossing, Kunta and fellow survivors are put up for auction, and he goes to the Reynolds plantation in Spotsylvania, VA, where he is be-friended by the American-born Fiddler. That friendship is tested when Kunta plans an escape to reunite with Fanta – and pays a terrible price for his defiance.||1:35:48||$6.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 3||1776. A nation fights for freedom…but not for all. Still driven by his memories as a Mandinka “fighting man,” Kunta (now renamed Toby) escapes once more but when he is recaptured, he is crippled so he can’t do so again. But the family cook Belle sets out to raise his downcast spirits and challenges him to get up and walk so he can run again.||49:48||$6.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 4||1780. After Genelva’s nighttime dalliance with Kunta deflects suspicion so she can flee with her lover, Kunta forms a romantic attachment to the worldly-wise Belle, whom he marries. Uncle Pompey’s drum awakens Kunta to the possibility of freedom but Belle’s revelation that she’s with child changes his mind. With a gain comes a loss: his long-time friend Fiddler dies but the new arrival, a daughter, who is named Kizzy, African for “stay put” brings joy to Kunta and Belle.||49:51||$6.99||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 5||1806. The teenage Kizzy, well-versed in Mandinka history thanks to her father, and educated to read and write through her friendship with Missy Anne, falls in love with young Noah, who’s determined to escape. He eventually does with Kizzy's help, but is quickly caught and forced to reveal Kizzy's role in his escape. This prompts Dr. Reynolds to send Kizzy away to his rough-hewn cock-breeder neighbor Tom Moore.||50:13||$6.99||View in iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 6||1824: Kizzy's son George has become skilled at cock-fighting earing him the name “Chicken George”. Courted by carriage driver Sam Bennett, Kizzy gets a chance to return to the plantation where she was born. There she learns her father has died and her mother has been sold off. While at Kunta's grave, his haunting words prompt her to call off her marriage. 1841: Promoted to Tom Moore’s head trainer, Chicken George grows in reputation and hopes to earn enough to free himself and his family. But a loss in the ring results in George being sent to England to pay off a debt.||1:38:34||$6.99||View in iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 7||1861: Chicken George returns to North Carolina to find his sons have married and started families – and a state law that says his status as a free man is forfeited if he stays more than 60 days. Meanwhile, the nation erupts into Civil War. Chicken George’s son Tom extends a hand to destitute vagabond George Johnson, who is appointed plantation overseer. But when Tom also reluctantly helps Confederate deserter and old nemesis Jemmy Brent, the resulting payback leads to tragedy – and a promise from Jemmy’s racist brother Evan.||49:53||$6.99||View in iTunes|
|8||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 8||1865: The Civil War ends but racist hostilities do not. Economically devastated landowners need workers, but few can pay wages, so the system of sharecropping is born. Vicious nightriders pillage plantations after dark, terrorizing the newly freed – until blacksmith Tom marks his clients’ horseshoes to identify the bandits, placing him in deep danger. But the whiplash will soon cut both ways. Chicken George returns, offering a strategy to outwit their debt-holders and allow the family in 1870 to safely leave and settle on their own land in Henning, Tennessee. Alex Haley has the final word.||1:35:16||$6.99||View in iTunes|
|101||HDClosed CaptioningVideoRoots: The American Story Continues||The cast of Roots share stories of their experience working on the mini-series, as well as their personal journeys, since the show aired.||27:04||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|102||HDClosed CaptioningVideoRoots: The Cast Looks Back||The cast of Roots share stories of their experience working on the mini-series, as well as their personal journeys, since the show aired.||28:59||Season Only||View in iTunes|
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I throughly enjoyed the newer version of Roots. Though I do appreciate the original, the remake was insightful in making viewers aware of the beauty and traditions of Africa.
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