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Tells the true story of a little known African American hero, an African prince who was sold into slavery in the American South in 1788. His name was Abdul Rahman Ibrahima Sori, and he remained enslaved for forty years, before ultimately regaininh his freedom and returning to Africa.
The broad outline of Abdul Rahman's biography reads like a fairytale: A young prince falls from a life of power and privlege into exile and enslavement in a strange land. There he endures inimaginable indignities, yet carves out a life, marries a woman enslaved like himself, and has children. Then, through improbable circumstances, including meeting President John Quincy Adams at the White House, he is granted his freedom and returns to his homeland, but not before he rescues his wife from enslavement and sees his royal status recognized in the very land that held him in bondage.

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  • Actors: Mos Def
  • Directors: Bill Duke, Andrea Kalin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: February 26, 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012M1KXG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,408 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By KerrLines on February 17, 2008
Format: DVD
Hollywood really needs to take this story and move with it!

PRINCE AMONG SLAVES is an hour long documentary on the true life events of one Abduhl Rahman,son of the Muslim King of Futa Jallon,who was sold by rival African tribes into Europeans hands and transported to America in 1788.Purchased by a Thomas Foster,"Prince" as he was to be called,serves 40 years as a slave,marries and sires nine children,and becomes political fodder for a Mississippi News Journalist,two Presidents,one Secretary of State and for the entire American Colonization Society in his fight for freedom and return to his homeland.This is a great and absolutely fascinating true story directed and written by Lloyd Jones, Andrea Kalin (American Experience - Partners Of The Heart) and Cannes nominated Bill Duke(The Killing Floor,Miracle's Boys, Hoodlum and Rage in Harlem)."Prince" Rahman's story reads like a fairytale,but it is pointed out,quite poignantly,that much about what is known at the time,may be greatly exaggerated due to how politically motivated certain players were in "using" Rahman's story.

This documentary is narrated by Mos Def and is partially "talking heads" and partially below average re-enactment for a PBS Special.THAT is my only rub with this presentation.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Omar on February 10, 2008
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This PBS documentary tells the story of an African Prince who is brought to Mississippi in the late 18th century. It it a beautiful and moving story that I never heard in my US History classes. The story of Abdul-Rahman is one of hope and perserverance and truly deserves more attention I hope it is one day made into a feature film one day. I definitely plan on reading the book now.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Derrick U. Johnson on February 5, 2008
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I watched this documentry on PBS, I never new this story exsisted, but I was glued to the tv for the full hour. It's a great heart felt tale of a struggle and triumph. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By HE WHO FUNKS BEHIND THE ROWS!! on February 17, 2010
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I watched this story twice on PBS last night and found it both entertaining
as well as educational. It also opened me up, as I had never heard of this story before...
A genuine african prince who gets captured and sold into slavery in the late
1700's / early 1800's, serves for 40 yrs under the brutal slavery system in the
Natchez Territory, which is now Mississippi, but once was owned by the spanish like Florida once was.
Though he is highly educated, civilized, and in fact speaks several languages and reads
and writes arabic fluently, this is overlooked and dismissed by his white slave owner,
who can only see his black skin and think of how he and several other slaves which he
has purchased can make him rich by working his land!
Remember, we were supposed to be godless ignorant uncivilized savages?? (-:
Kinda makes you wonder about the relativity of the words "ignorant" and "uncivilized" doesn't it?
A chance encounter with an unlikely ally turns this "Prince Among Slaves" fortunes around
and slowly but surely, he wins his freedom. But there are so many other layers to this story
that I don't want to give away in my review because I want you, the purchaser, to see it
for yourself so you can get the full emotional and intellectual impact of this moving story!
This is a worthwhile addition to your DVD collection if you like documentaries about
the early origins of America and it's evolution into becoming what it eventually became.
There is still more growth and understanding to be achieved between all the races
and cultures who make up our great american gumbo, even in this day & time when we've made
so many strides, yet true equality and understanding still elude us in many ways collectively.
Kudos to PBS for creating another great story!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ZANZIBAR on November 12, 2008
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Most conscious people know a bit of Abdul Rahman's biography. But this documentary brings his life into detailed focus. I actually think his story is more of the norm than the exception.

I didn't know Rahman used the homeland of Morocco to his advantage, until President Adams found out he was from Gambia and withdrew his support.

It was nice to see the so called "Black" Masons (Prince Hall) rally around Rahman's cause and plight. Mos Def does part of the narration. I salute Abbie Shabazz on his procreation. Bill Duke directs this documentary and I can't help to marvel how far he has come from playing the angry Abdula in the movie "Car Wash" to directing such a meaningful work of liberal art. I commend Bill Duke and all involved for bringing the Abdul Rahman story to further light.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By O. Benmoussa on October 23, 2009
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I have always wondered why some African American folks have Muslim names, this movie answered my question!
Also for those who are seeking truth about the atrocities of the white man in the name of their religion, this is a must see movie.
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