Unchained Memories - Slave Narrative (2003)
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Angela Bassett
Don Cheadle
Ruby Dee
Whoopi Goldberg
Samuel L. Jackson
Oprah Winfrey
Movie Details
Director Ed Bell; Thomas Lennon
Producer Jacqueline Glover; Thomas Lennon
Writer Mark Jonathan Harris
Studio Warner Bros.
Language English
Audience Rating NR
Running Time 75 mins
Country USA
Color Color
In their words, our shared history.

When the Civil War ended in 1865, more than four million slaves were set free. By the late 1930's, 100,000 former slaves were still alive.

In the midst of the Great Depression, the Federal Writers Project hired journalists and writers to travel the country and record the memories of this last generation of African-Americans born into bondage.

Over 2.000 interviews were transcribed as spoke, in the vernacular of the time, to form a unique historical record-first-hand accounts of what it was to be a slave. The Library of Congress is home to most of these "Slave Narratives."

Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg and featuring dramatic readings by Angela Bassett, Don Cheadle, Ozzie Davis, Ruby Dee, Samuel L. Jackson, Oprah Winfrey and others, Unchained Memories: Readings From the Slave Narratives breathes the voices of the living into these transcripts of the past, bringing to life the pain and suffering, the fear and yearning, the pride, the spirit and the deep resonating sadness of those who had been born into slavery.

Unchained Memories: Readings From the Slave Narratives is a unique and extraordinary exploration and evocation, both of the past and of the people whose enslaved toil helped build a nation. Their stories survive as vital today as when they were first recorded over half a century ago.
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Index 416
Collection Status In Collection
Links DVD Empire
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Standard 1.33:1 Color
Standard 1.33:1 B&W
Layers Single side, Single layer
UPC 026359201523
Release Date 2/11/2003
Subtitles Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
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