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Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives (2003)

When the Civil War ended in 1865, more than four million slaves were set free. Over 70 years later, the memories of some 2,000 slave-era survivors were transcribed and preserved by the ... See full summary »

Directors:

Ed Bell, Thomas Lennon
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Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Whoopi Goldberg ... Narrator
Angela Bassett ... Reader
Michael Boatman ... Reader
Roscoe Lee Browne ... Reader
Don Cheadle ... Reader
Sandra Daley Sandra Daley ... Reader
Ossie Davis ... Reader
Ruby Dee ... Reader
Robert Guillaume ... Reader
Jasmine Guy ... Reader
Samuel L. Jackson ... Reader
CCH Pounder ... Reader
LaTanya Richardson Jackson ... Reader (as LaTanya Richardson)
Ruben Santiago-Hudson ... Reader
Roger Guenveur Smith ... Reader
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When the Civil War ended in 1865, more than four million slaves were set free. Over 70 years later, the memories of some 2,000 slave-era survivors were transcribed and preserved by the Library of Congress. These first-person anecdotes, ranging from the brutal to the bittersweet, have been brought to vivid life, featuring the on-camera voices of over a dozen top African-American actors. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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In their words, our shared history.

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Documentary

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 2003 (USA) See more »

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Home Box Office (HBO) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Definitely, Worth Watching
27 July 2003 | by JaleaSee all my reviews

A poignant, heartfelt treatment of one of the saddest chapters in human history. Be prepared for the harsh, brutal, lurid and heart rending details. Yet, the documentary ended on a bittersweet note.

The readers did an exceptional job and clearly all involved were putting forth their best effort. Among the notable readers, watch out for Rosco Lee Browne, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Samuel L. Jackson, and CCH Pounder among the other readers, all well known actors. The readings included photos, footages and some singing.

I think this documentary is enlightening and worth watching.


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