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  • 8.5

    Sad Parts

    By Karlam20001, Sep 26, 2012

    Aside from Kunta,and the other Africans being captured,the sad parts also includes,his father finding the pouch that he gave Kunta(a gift after his manhood training is complete),he lets out a cry calling his sons name.Later when he returns to the Village,his wife,and Kunta's Mother who was awaiting news of their sons fate,he shows her Kunta's pouch,and she also lets out a anguish cry acknowledging that their son is forever gone.At lease his physical being is gone.He feel that he will always be in their memories.moreless

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  • 9.4

    This show doesn't really give the true meaning of what young Kunta Kinte will face. However, it does show how he used his freedom. They have a scene where he's just walking around enjoying himself. Never paying attention to his surroundings.

    By vwilliams675, Jun 10, 2007

    This episode was truly a classic. The arthurs did a great displaying what freedom is and how it feels. In this show, Kunta Kinte is warned about what may happen to him by his tribe. However, he's very stubborn and doesn't really pay attention. This gets him in trouble. Prior to being captured, he isn't paying attention to his surroundings. After being captured, they show a scene where he's placed in chains. Afterwards, he acts out for at least 2 hours trying to get free. The men sit there watching and laughing at how his behavior. Wow is the only word.moreless

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  • 10

    A rarely seen glimpse of life in pre-colonial rural West Africa, a subject previously ignored in fictional historic dramas...

    By MyCritique, Apr 07, 2007

    This first installment of the epic miniseries dramatized a cultural perspective, rarely if ever seen out of Hollywood outside of silly, nonsensical, and denigrating Tarzan movies, of rural West African culture and traditions. An enlightening story of the birth, naming, and life of a boy who will eventually go through manhood training to learn about his people's philosophies and their incorporation of the Islamic religion into their daily lives. But in one heart-breaking fell swoop, destiny intervenes and all of this is shattered when the boy-now-young-man is brutally ripped away from his home and sold into chattel slavery across an ocean.

    The music by Quincy Jones in this first part really helps set the tone to underscore the culture and practices that are being illustrated and the costumes are beautiful. The gravity of the plot is softened by many poignant comic moments that help to add some realism to the dialog and situations. Definitely an eye-opener.moreless

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