Sunday, January 1, 2017

The Middle Passage 2000

    This film is a realistic look at the transporting of slaves by boat from Senegal Africa to America.  Up to 300 slaves can be held in the hold but usually more were kept there.  The scenes portrayed are a mixture of fiction and actual events. 
     I’m not sure what the point is of this film?  It’s not historically accurate so it may be as presented but could be only as imagined?  Wouldn’t viewers be better served to have an accurate portrayal of the facts as a base for their personal feelings of the circumstances?  I know the bottom line is that everything about this and others trip was bad and nothing was good.  2 ½* (This movie is so-so)

78 min, Docudrama directed by Guy Deslauriers with Djimon Hounsou as narrator and Maka Kotto.

Note:  Imdb 6.1 out of 10, 60% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 3.9* out of 5* with 13 reviews, Amazon 3.9* out of 5* with 13 reviews.
Special Note:  First screened in North America at the 2000 Toronto Film Festival as part of the Planet Africa series.  The title in French is Passage du milieu.

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