A fictional slave girl who lives well past 100 and survives the Civil War, the two World Wars and sees the emergence of the Civil Rights movement of the 60’s, this 1974 film is a human story of African American struggle for equality.
Forget today’s “original content” for television: this 1974 film, epic in scope and grand in subject, transcends the pejorative label of “TV movie.” (Though it did win 9 Emmys, including Outstanding Drama.) A tremendous performance by Cicely Tyson leads this century long tale of black history.
Such a great American film. I am usually suspicious of social justice films because they are usually watered down and have that poverty porn feel to it but this is just straight up authentic and interesting.
U.S. race relations film made for TV by a white guy... You can imagine how ''radical'' it is. Maybe it was for it's time, but nowadays it seems offensively safe. There was as much effort put in to making the audience empathise with white Americans (including slave owners!) as with the black Americans, which I wouldn't mind if at the same time there was a lot more focus on the atrocities done by the whites