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Black Roots (1970)

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Rogosin took the fight for equality to his homeland with his astonishing and powerful fourth feature Black Roots. The film, which is ripe for rediscovery, featured an extraordinary cast, ... See full summary »

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Rogosin took the fight for equality to his homeland with his astonishing and powerful fourth feature Black Roots. The film, which is ripe for rediscovery, featured an extraordinary cast, including Reverend Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick; attorney and feminist activist Florynce ""Flo"" Kennedy; and musicians Jim Collier, Wende Smith, Larry Johnson and Reverend Gary Davis. All tell stories of heartbreak and despair while their songs blow the roof off the rafters. In an extension of the famed shebeen scenes in Come Back, Africa, the participants in Black Roots spoke openly about politics and race in a way that is still rarely seen on screen. In 1970, it was a radical and daring move by a great director. A deeply humanist film, Black Roots combines tales of oppression with hauntingly beautiful images of the faces of black men, women and children. Written by Anonymous

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Talking' To My Generation
14 March 2013 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Documentary film maker Eric Bogosian offers us talking heads as Black people, ranging in age from their forties to seventies sit around a table, play some music and talk about their lives. Bogosian's métier was cinema verite documentaries, in which he set up the general line of action and let his performers do what they wanted in the situation. Here he provides a telling series of reminiscences about growing up Black in the US from the beginnings of the 20th century through the 1950s.

Although not as obviously ground-breaking as his earlier and better known documentaries, this one, in which people just talk, is his strongest and most honest. A must-see for anyone who wants to understand the era.


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