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Still shot from the movie: Roots.


Best-selling author Alex Haley chronicles his genealogical roots from Kunta Kinte, who was abducted from his African homeland in 1765, to Chicken George, who eventually leads his family to freedom after the Civil War. The injustices and violence that depict the hardships of the times honor the memory of those lost to slavery, but also make this remarkable series recommendable only to older teens and parents. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A-
Violence: C
Sexual Content: C-
Language: B
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 573
Theater Release:
Video Release: 15 Jan 2002
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Slavery may have been abolished long ago, but prejudice has not. Why can’t changing a law change a person’s attitude? How has the history of slavery in America’s past contributed to racial tensions that exist today?

What lessons can you learn from the suffering of this people? How can these insights be applied to other situations?

To learn even more about the production of Roots and the history of African-Americans, check this website: www.africana.com/roots25

Roots played an important role in a renewal of interest in one’s genealogical history. If you have a desire to trace your roots, check out the wealth of information available at www.familysearch.org—it’s free.

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