8.1/10
203
14 user 2 critic

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
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Whoopi Goldberg ... Narrator
Angela Bassett ... Reader
Michael Boatman ... Reader
Roscoe Lee Browne ... Reader
Don Cheadle ... Reader
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
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

In their words, our shared history.

Genres:

Documentary

Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 2003 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Home Box Office (HBO) See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Powerful Docudrama
20 September 2005 | by BCflyzzSee all my reviews

This is very moving film, that needed to be made. It shows the inhumanity of slavery from the point of view of those who lived it. With the visual help of Ed Bell, Edward Bell, and Thomas Lennon ,the stories from former slaves that were recorded long ago are brought to life through narratives by some of today's top African-American actors and actresses.This film touches on common aspects that occurred in the everyday lives of slaves. All of the narratives were recorded all across the U.S when many of the former slaves were very old in age.All of the stories were then put into an anthology on which this film is based.This is indeed a film everyone should watch and learn from.


5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 14 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed