Sounder

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Released 1972

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Director:
Martin Ritt
Released:
1972
Rating:
G
Sounder is a 1972 dramatic adaptation of the William H. Armstrong's award-winning children's book. Nathan Lee Morgan (Paul Winfield), his wife Rebecca (Cicely Tyson), their kids, and their faithhful dog Sounder, are a close-knit African-American sharecropping family living in Louisiana during the Depression. In order to get enough food for his family to survive, Nathan goes hunting every day with Sounder and his oldest son, eleven-year-old David (Kevin Hooks). After authorities accuse Nathan of stealing food, they sentence him to a far-away work camp. David must then become the head of the household and provide for his mother and siblings. He sets off on a journey to find his father, facing many obstacles along the way and gaining a new sense of self-esteem when he finds a school for black children. This classic coming-of-age story touches on the themes of family bonds, racism, persevering through adversity and establishing a personal identity.
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    African-American Drama, 70s, Family Dramas, Historical, Social Issues