Director Peter Werner teams with screenwriters David Stevens and Carol Schreder to adapt author Alex Haley's sprawling novel centering on the struggles of an African American family contending with racism and strife while living in the rural south. Set in the early-20th Century, the film follows aging widow Flora as she sets her sights north following the death of her husband. Though the determined matriarch had hoped to start a new life for her family away from the prejudice that gripped the American south, she discovers that their struggle is far from over when the country is plunged into the Great Depression, and the entire globe is rocked by two world wars. Later, brave black leaders fight for social change in the Civil Rights Movement, and the Black Panthers emerge as a force to be reckoned with. Through it all, Flora never loses the will to give her children the best life possible. Queen Latifah, Mario Van Peebles, Cicely Tyson, and Blair Underwood star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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This was well written and the acting superb. I have never seen Blair Underwood in such a role he was great. A good look into family life of black Americans. Nice to see a good family film about us. Cicely Dyson is particular about movies that she makes, and they are usually very good. This one is no different. Queen Latifah has developed the same reputation, she has not disappointed me yet in a film.
You see things that had happened in the South, that unfortunately still today is happening, but not just in the South. The racism and prejudices that people have, just because you are different from them is sad. This story is about a strong black woman who was uneducated, but knew what was needed for her family and what needed to be done to keep them together. She never gave up. This movie teaches us today how we need to let things go, be a family and look pass people racism and prejudices. See this movie. You will enjoy it.