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Black Roots(1970)

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  • What Was THAT?

    • Marion Holmes
    • 3/14/13

    After really enjoying and learning much from On The Bowery and Come Back Africa, I watched Black Roots with anticipation. It was ridiculous. Who are these people?...and for the most part, what on earth are they saying? The anecdotes were disjointed, stupid and uncomprehensable. The music, except for the twelve-string guitar, was mediocre and the constant head shots of various black people had NO POINT! I am a 63 year old black woman who is of Southern Heritage and was part the activism of the 60's and 70's. Throughout this film, I kept thinking "what IS this?". I DVRed the Rogosin series and I erased Black Roots this morning. I wouldn't want anyone to happen upon it.

  • Black Roots; An Uncovered Treasure

    • Paul E. Butler
    • 3/14/13

    Black Roots is one of the most authentic delves into the "Black experience in America" that I've seen in my lifetime. It's simplistic yet poignant presentation was spot on in delivering the mood and deep feelings of the cast involved. This documentary served as a living time capsule that catapulted me back into my youth and effortlessly provided memories of a life that was not so far in America's past.I strongly implore the Turner Classic Movie Group to not only repeatedly replay this documentary during prime hours, but I further enthusiastically request that DVD's be put into production for public access. Black Roots is an uncovered treasure that should be shared especially now, during a time that our country is experiencing a dark reemergence of the ugly undercurrents of racial bias and intolerance.

  • What a gem!

    • Pamela Tish
    • 3/14/13

    What an amazing gem of a movie! It captures a nugget of culture that few of my young students have heard about from their parents or grandparents. I was very young during this period of history, but having grown up in Europe I was completely confused and shocked by the prejudice I encountered when I moved back to the Midwest. I remember distinctly sitting on my grandparent's front porch one night, after being told that my best friend from St. Louis ("black") couldn't come spend the night with me (now that I was "home"... aka... small all white town). I remember telling my Poppy that I was "prejudiced against whites" because they were so mean and unfair! I guess I didn't see myself, or my world, as "black and white"... just people.This film absolutely captures this period... Thank you , TCM... this is WHY I rave about the great work you do!

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