“Roots” (2016) is a remake of the 1977 US miniseries of the same name, which in turn was based on the 1976 book by Alex Haley. It stars Malachi Kirby, Forest Whitaker, Anika Noni Rose, Regé-Jean Page and Jonathn Rhys Meyers. Laurence Fishburne narrates as Alex Haley. T.I. and Mekhi Phifer also appear. Questlove does the music.
It is the story of Kunta Kinte, born free in Africa in 1750, and his descendants in America down to to Alex Haley in the 1960s. The two miniseries centre on the slave years, cutting out most of the material before and after.
2016 compared to 1977:
- It runs for four nights, not eight nights.
- It seems more like a Hollywood film than a long television show.
- It seems less sugar-coated and less concerned about White people or their feelings.
- It was made without Alex Haley (he died in 1992).
- It is not the first…
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