permanent. In "Roots" Kizzy is sold to Tom Lea a vicious rapist and never sees her parents again. The white women’s culpability and complicity in the oppressive system are not shied away. Tom Lea rapes Kizzy while Tom's wife Patricia stands outside silently listening. These scenes portray the complicated sexual and gender experiences of the plantation. Patricia being a white woman holds authority over the enslaved population, however, her powers are limited as in the case where she tries to contradict her husband over his plans for Chicken George who was the child born out
Slavery in the Film Roots 5 of Kizzy's rape. Tom silence and humiliates Patricia by reminding her about her barren status. The film Roots leaves one wondering about other slavery untold stories. There exist other literature materials with slave narratives providing incredibly rich slave survival stories. For example, Marlon James "Book of the Night Women" gives slavery history from a female perspective. However, slavery representation has been long neglected. There exists an ability through the culture to initiate necessary conversations about servitude and other past inhuman practices. In the Roots film just like the struggles of many other slaves, Kunta Kinte and his family's struggle for survival is rendered in a sleeker, visually attractive presentation without diluting the historical remnants that endure in Africa.
Slavery in the Film Roots 6 References Benedict, C. (2013). Twelve Years a Slave [Film]. United Kingdom: Plan B Entertainment. Beresford, B. (2016). ROOTS [Film]. The Wolper Organization Will Packer Productions A&E Studios History. Opinion | The Politics of Abolishing Slavery. (2020). Retrieved 23 May 2020, from
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