Roots stands as one of the key television events of 2016. The four-night, eight-hour event series is a historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family and their will to survive and ultimately carry on their legacy despite hardship.
Captured by slave traders while collecting firewood for his family’s dinner, Kunta Kinte was ripped from his homeland and brought to America where he was sold to a plantation owner in northern Virginia. Throughout the course of the series, we witness each stage of the slave’s life, from teen to man to father to grandfather, following his legacy through the Civil War.
This modern-day retelling of the award-winning 1977 television miniseries classic is also based on the 1976 best-selling novel by Alex Haley. Produced by A+E Studios and The Wolper Organisation – the company that produced the original Roots miniseries that has been the 2nd highest rated finale in TV history since 1977.
History’s Roots takes place in 1750, in the city of Juffre, Omoro Kinte and his wife, have their first child, a son named Kunta. As a member of the old esteemed Kinte family, Kunta is trained in Mandinka customs and traditions, befitting a future member of the king’s cavalry.
Kunta is also educated in mathematics, literature and geography and dreams of going to a university to become a scholar. Kunta falls in love with a slave girl, owned by a rival Mandinka family, the Koros. After a harrowing rite of passage, where Kunta passes his warrior training, Kunta is betrayed by the Koros and delivered to English slave traders.
Roots airs Tuesday, 31 May to Friday, 3 June 2016 on History (Astro Ch555) and Astro B.Yond (Astro Ch575). The four night event telecasts same day as the U.S.