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An adaptation of Alex Haley's "Roots", chronicling the history of an African slave sold to America and his descendants.
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Nominated for 7 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 36 nominations. See more awards »





Series cast summary:
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 Kizzy (2 episodes, 2016)
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An adaptation of Alex Haley's "Roots", chronicling the history of an African slave sold to America and his descendants.

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30 May 2016 (USA)  »

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Gyökerek  »

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16:9 HD
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Retelling of the popular mini series from the late 70s. See more »


(From the trailer) when the cannon is exploding, all the gun crew are wear wide red stripes on their trouser kegs. The stripe was only worn by sergeants. However in the scene the cannon is being tested, ALL the crew are specialist NCOs and the scene comes at the very beginning of the Civil War, before there has been much action. Hence the artillerymen are carrying no personal weapons and their uniforms are particularly clean (before the explosion) and all have red trouser stripes. See more »


Version of Roots (1977) See more »

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Love the re-make!
31 May 2016 | by See all my reviews

Such a delight! Both my young daughters we're able to follow and stay interested; now they both have lots of questions about American history... Very nicely re-made. Hopefully now they will be interested in watching the original (although not in HD), or they will ask to actually read the book.

Oldest daughter is currently in APUSH and concerned about the lack of quality information regarding this period of time. My youngest tends to be in denial about this era, as she can't quite understand cruelty amongst people, in general. This was a great way to introduce her to this country's past (and maybe explain how it relates to the present).

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