Review of Roots (1977)

Moving picture, 10 hours

An African Muslim is abducted and taken to the land of the free, as a slave. About three generations later, his descendants are freed when the Confederacy falls, but the racist economy has a lot of inertia.

Dramatization of a popular novel based on its author’s ostensible genealogy and concluded with a brief statement by that author. Some uncomfortably long temporal jumps and awkward actor replacements as a result of live action.

References here: “Paradise” (1994).

moving picture fiction series