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I am willing to over look the slavery issue in this movie and the fake southern accents too. That is not what attracted me to this movie. Self-sacrifice and the true meaning of Christmas did.
There are several gifts that I saw in this movie. The next generation of children that realize slavery is wrong. The older brother explaining how he feels about slavery to the younger sister and she said to Fiddler that Toby doesn't have to be her camel in the Christmas Pagent. The mother's gift to wait until after the holidays to tell the father about her son being an abolitionist.
The sacrifice Avery Brooks' character makes when, as a freed slave, he puts his life on the line to help lead others to freedom through the underground railroad. He actually gets caught and has to wear a collar of bells. They end up hanging him because he is an abolitionist and educated to boot. I like it when he shouts out the word freedom.
Fiddler puts his own hide on the line trying to keep Kunta Kinte out of trouble when he covers for Toby when he isn't on the plantation and when he tries to stop the slave catchers from brutalizing Avery Brooks' character.
The promise of a free black child and the ultimate sacrifice both Fiddler and Toby make by deciding not to get on the boat. Actually Fiddler confesses to the abolitionist that he knows nothing about being free. Kunta Kinte remembers his life in Africa before the slave traders caught him. Fiddler also realizes that he may not survive another winter on the plantation, but Toby will not leave without him.
This was an excellent movie. I plan to watch it again when it comes on cable.
However I will say that this movie tires allot faster than the other Roots. My other gripe is the lack of this movie on DVD. It should have beeen released on DVD by this time.
Now with Amazon prime could see it all.It also gives one a sense of Kunte Kinte,since ,he has been at the Renoylds plantation.,in his first few early years. That is before they jump to full adult hood.
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