The remaking of the original Shaka Zulu. Born a bastard buried a king. Shaka was the first true King of the Zulus; a military genius and political strategist, who knitted together scattered... See full summary »
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Framed around Queen Victoria's decision on England's political stance towards the Zulu Nation, this mini-series details King Shaka's rise and fall with mythic detail. Prophecy is mixed with recorded fact regarding Shaka's birth, exile, innovations in warfare, assumption of the throne, building of the Zulu Empire, first contact with Europe and the events that lead to his downfall.Written by
Renee Ann Byrd <firstname.lastname@example.org>
[Shaka is presented with an emblem of royalty]
Wear it proudly, my son.
Proudly? Must I wear it proudly? And spit on my mother's pride? Where were you when we nearly died of hunger, persecuted by the scum of this land! Now that your calf has grown to be a bull with horns, you want him in your house!... I accept the spear and shield, Symbols that make me a Zulu warrior... But this, I will take by force! As I made everything that I am, by force! If my mother is not a royal wife, then I know no man...
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Although the scenes of Zulu tribal life were rich in detail, there was too much emphasis on the rituals of the tribe. One might think that all the Zulu did was engage in constant ritual and unending festival. The storyline switches from the introduction of the English to the pre-birth of Shaka with little explanatory background. This was docu-drama and not a documentary, but a certain amount of geographical and historical reference to the rest of Africa might have helped. The most difficult aspect of this mini-series was the highly accented English of the performers illustrating the need for subtitles, which were absent from both the original production, and the DVD version. Perhaps if I had been able to understand the dialog better, the story would have been easier to follow.
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