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ROOTS is a historical portrait that recounts one family’s struggle to resist the institution of American slavery, as they carry on the legacy of Kunta Kinte despite enormous hardship and inhumanity. Based on Alex Haley’s best-selling novel.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPart 1||In 1750 in the river region of The Gambia in West Africa, Omoro Kinte and his wife, Binta, have their first child, a son named Kunta. Kunta is trained in Mandinka customs and is a dedicated student who dreams of traveling to the university. After being kidnapped and captured by the Koros, Kunta is sold to British slave traders in 1767 and is shipped to America. In Annapolis, Maryland, he is sold to a Virginia planter named John Waller and is given the slave name Toby. Kunta strongly resists his new name and enslavement. He relies on the wise counsel of Fiddler, an assimilated slave and sophisticated musician who has been assigned to train him. Malachi Kirby, and Forest Whitaker star. (2016)||1:38:37||$5.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPart 2||In 1775, Kunta is working on the Waller farm when he meets English Redcoats encouraging slaves to run away and join the English army. The slaves are promised freedom if they fight for King George.||1:36:02||$5.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPart 3||As George grows to manhood, he exhibits traits of both parents. Like Tom Lea, he loves cockfighting and carousing; an accomplished trainer of gamecocks, he earns the nickname "Chicken George."||1:44:51||$5.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPart 4||After more than 20 years in England, Chicken George is given his freedom and he returns to the Lea farm. In his absence, his family was sold off to North Carolina, where he tracks them down.||1:28:53||$5.99||View in iTunes|
|101||HDClosed CaptioningVideoRoots: Empowerment||Watch an exclusive trailer for the epic 4-part miniseries.||1:32||Free||View in iTunes|
|102||HDClosed CaptioningVideoRoots: Cultural Connector||Go behind-the-scenes and find out more about the highly anticipated miniseries.||1:32||Free||View in iTunes|
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I saw the first Roots 40 years or so . It was riveting to say the least. However, I have seen some parts of the Trailer, to the Roots remake, this one is really so alive, the scenery is real the characters are so real, this is going to go down as one of the best, if not the best, depiction in a media production as can be. To bring to life and tell the horrific story of the enslavement of my ancestors, from the African Continent, the Middle Passage, to the Americas, the building of the American Empire, on the backs of African people. I am glad the younger generation will see this story.
Alex Haley is rolling over in his grave. I'm ashamed to come from the same country that made this racist, political revisionist tripe.
A great reboot
Although very hard to watch , it was so moving and heartbreaking. There is no other way to sugar code the shameful and dark history of slavery in America. Well made reboot of the original version. The new version gets into more detail and tells about the African heritage of Kuntakinte. Very nice touch showing the family structure and culture Kuntakinte came from. So many powerful and heartbreaking moments.