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You can also gain 4% cashback going through Quidco! 1750: The Gambia, West Africa. A new Mandinka warrior is born to Binta and Omoro called Kunta Kinte. His father turns the young baby's face to th… Read More
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1750: The Gambia, West Africa. A new Mandinka warrior is born to Binta and Omoro called Kunta Kinte. His father turns the young baby's face to the heavens and whispers "Behold - the only thing greater than yourself". So begins the most critically and popularly acclaimed television drama of our time, telling the struggle against the suffering, slavery and discrimination endured by generations of black people, as seen through the eyes of Kunta Kinte and his descendants...
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#1
awesome series
#2
Can only add to the previous comments

A must see !

Red hot
#3
Temporarily out of stock. This item will be dispatched as soon as it arrives.

EDIT: I decided to order it regardless, Quidco too.

Although some may say it is fiction I can assure you it is not too far from the truth.
#4
jebervic
Can only add to the previous comments

A must see !

Red hot


Not all of the previous comments are positive though!
#5
£11.98 @ Amazon
#6
whizzkid
£11.98 @ Amazon


Free delivery too:thumbsup: Beats waiting for play to get stock, ordered both, thanks for finding it:thumbsup:
#7
where's the riverbank? The riverbank's gone!
#8
Fat Bird
A great piece of fiction.


What do you mean?
#9
There is something entirely repulsive to think as recently as during my grandfather's lifetime slavery still existed in the USA (he was 3 or 4 when they abolished it).

Its horrendous any time, but so few generations back it is unbelievable.
#10
ibiza
There is something entirely repulsive to think as recently as during my grandfather's lifetime slavery still existed in the USA (he was 3 or 4 when they abolished it).

Its horrendous any time, but so few generations back it is unbelievable.


true. then someone goes on to say "piece of fiction" in a sarcy tone! NONSENSE!
#11
does anyone know why "roots" has not, to the best of my knowledge,been repeated on tv since it was first shown as it was incredibly popular at the time ?
#12
This was great remember it well. I may well order this as would be good to see again :thumbsup::roll::p
#13
whizzkid1
does anyone know why "roots" has not, to the best of my knowledge,been repeated on tv since it was first shown as it was incredibly popular at the time ?


I've no answer to that, but I find it hard to believe that it hasn't
#14
I have this already from a year or two ago.. Was on when I was a kid and was effectively a series that had a massive impact on me growign up. I'm 37 now and my own daughter will see ths when she is a couple of years older (only 7 just now) but it's an imprtant snapshot of how I think it really may have been back then. You only need to read Uncle Toms cabin to know what I mean
#15
BlazeJohny
true. then someone goes on to say "piece of fiction" in a sarcy tone! NONSENSE!


To be honest although based on Alex Haley's family history, it is unlikely they could represent events so horrific on a weekly TV show. He later admitted it was a work of fiction.

Look at the likes of Abel Meeropol's "strange fruit" and the resistance to it being recorded as a record seventy years after the abolition of slavery, although even when it was, many people never understood what it meant.
#16
I'd go further an say ROOTS actually played down the brutality and barbarism suffered by the africans during this dark period in our history. If people can acknowledge the holocaust why cant they do the same with the slave trade? It was nasty and evil, worse it was government sanctioned. Both american and european governments!!!

Do you still think then that roots is "too much" and it exagerates?
#17
You have misread what I said.

It would need to be watered down for TV.

Additionally - even last week an american had a murder conviction for a klan murder overturned.

http://news.scotsman.com/12007/Conviction-of-39Klansman39-overturned-by.4479979.jp
#18
Great series, had a profound effect on the 8/9-year-old me.

A previous poster talks of the the culpability of the European & American governments which is correct, but what about the Africans who sold their fellow countrymen/women & children into slavery?

I personally don't think apologising for things that happened 200 years is the way to go, it's superficial and simply provides publicity to politicians. I didn't support the Slave Trade Mr Blair. The way to go is to learn the lessons of history and make sure that all people are treated with utmost respect, regardless of colour and creed etc.
#19
good spot !

If you're keen, consider this boxset for £25 - increases the discs from 4 to 9, and the total viewing time from 547 mins (9hrs) to 1313 mins (21hrs) - The Complete Roots Collection: Original Series 30th Anniversary Edition / Roots The Gift TV Special / The Next Generation (Exclusive to Amazon.co.uk) - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Complete-Roots-Collection-Anniversary-Amazon-co-uk/dp/B000W70GY6/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1221984349&sr=8-2 (read the reviews though - some mis-labelling problems)

the book is also highly recommended reading.
#20
let me clear this up shall I? It was a good show for it's time, it looks a bit dated now though, the books are good and the reason it's never been repeated is that the author was disgraced as he presented the work as historical fact and said that all of the characters existed, someone checked, turned out he lied and was disgraced, hence, a great work of fiction.
#21
whizzkid1
does anyone know why "roots" has not, to the best of my knowledge,been repeated on tv since it was first shown as it was incredibly popular at the time ?


I watched it on sky about 11 years ago. Sorry i was wrong i just realised what i saw was Queen http://www.amazon.co.uk/Queen-Roots-Saga-Continues-Ann-Margret/dp/B00004COPP/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1221999232&sr=1-8 which is a continuation of the roots saga starring halle berry
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I've never seen this but I may have to check it out.

I know a lot of what went on in the slave trade amongst other things.

"The land of the free", what a bl00dy joke that is. Try asking african and native americans how "free" the USA was / is.

The USA was founded on oppression and bloodshed.
#23
The treatment of Jews in Germany will always be regarded as the greatest atrocity when compared to the treatment of Blacks during slavery. Simply as that Germany (who are quite rightly seen as a different Germany to now) lost the war, and the USA manages better playing down its own atrocities towards black people, as with death threats against Obama, sadly the original attitude still seems acceptable to many.

The USA just makes it into the top 25% of countries with the freest press - with they way they go on about freedom you would think they were 47 places higher.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reporters_Without_Borders#Worldwide_Press_Freedom_Index_Ranking

Allegations have been made against the USA for funding terrorism in various nations, including permitting funds to collected to fund terrorism in Northern Ireland, and declining to extradite terrorist suspects as they were 'political'. Although I cannot quite see how setting off a bomb in a pub, or shooting dead one of my relatives who offered a reward for information on the same was a legitimate political protest other than just murder.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegations_of_state_terrorism_by_the_United_States

But the USA has always done well in hiding its atrocities, even the film planned about this one fifty years later that was meant to star Bruce Willis somehow fell through.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Lai_Massacre

Or one above in the american terrorism section where the papers got out revealing plans to kill people and damage crops in other countries, and blame it on Cuba to prompt an invasion. The plans were even to kill their own people to fuel hatred against Cuba. How can any country be respected when they see killing their own citizens to sway opinion as acceptable.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b1/NorthwoodsMemorandum.jpg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Northwoods

Now enjoy your McDonalds there y'all!!! :whistling: :whistling: :whistling:
#24
Actually - this is probably going a little deep and has a limited audience for page two of a discussion on DVDs.

I will reframe it based on Americas war on terror and treatment of blacks - post it as a topic on its own - and hopefully we can get a good discussion out of it this afternoon.
#25
DIVA1977
I watched it on sky about 11 years ago. Sorry i was wrong i just realised what i saw was Queen http://www.amazon.co.uk/Queen-Roots-Saga-Continues-Ann-Margret/dp/B00004COPP/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1221999232&sr=1-8 which is a continuation of the roots saga starring halle berry


It was a very moving story and well worth purchasing.
#26
I did the topic mentioned about about the way the USA treats blacks and other people as a discussion on its own - it can be found here...

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/246071/showthread.php?t=246071&page=2
#27
Do we come here for Hot UK Deals, or do we come here to hear pathetic schoolyard anti-American cobblers from people whose idea of well read is one of the three primary colours? Let's just stick to the deals and avoid pigeon holing entire races or nationalities. Ta muchly.
#28
I watched this at school. Surprised at how good it was and that people found it fascinating too.

After reading the description, I didn't realise it was the Mandinka tribe the guy was from - I have a hand carved mahogany mask from the very same tribe hanging on the wall (it was a wedding gift to my parents!).

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