My 11-year old son had a book report and presentation to do for Black History Month on Frederick Douglas. While we were researching, I opted to rent this movie. Although he is very young, I thought it was critical for him to know about slavery, and what African Americans had to go through. He was disturbed by what he saw, and perhaps he was too young for this movie, but again, I thought it was an important history lesson. I also wanted him to have a deep understanding of slavery, and this movie delivered.
Graphic and heartbreaking, tells one mans story and what he and his family had gone through when he was kidnapped and forced to work as a slave. The abuse at the hands of their masters was reprehensible and was difficult to view. Also the way women were treated, and raped at the hands of their masters placed a knot in the pit of my stomach.
Excellent portrayal and acting. A must watch, especially for school related projects pertaining to Slavery.