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10 Ratings

Black Roots

Directed by Lionel Rogosin
United States, 1970


Documentary that gathers a number of African American folk and blues musicians in a room, where they share stories and songs about the black experience in America.

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Black Roots Directed by Lionel Rogosin

Critics reviews

The faces and stories presented in Lionel Rogosin’s docu-wonder, Black Roots, do not amount to just so many negro hard-luck stories or shoulder-chip Afrocentric defiance. Rogosin’s passion for social justice and the disaffected, which he fashioned into visual song in 1956’s On the Bowery and 1958’s Come Back Africa, can’t outdistance his fascination with the individual. Every shot in Black Roots is a biography in miniature, not a sample in some ethnographic survey.
August 31, 2015
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