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In West Africa during the late 17th century, King Adanggaman leads a war against his neighboring tribes, ordering his soldiers to torch enemy villages, kill the elderly and capture the healthy tribesmen to sell to the European slave traders. When his village falls prey to one of Adanggaman's attacks, Ossei manages to escape, but his family is murdered except for his captured mother. Chasing after the soldiers in an effort to free her, Ossei is befriended by a fierce warrior named Naka.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There are ... images that are shocking and disturbing."
‑ John Petrakis, Chicago Tribune
"Reaches through time and space across the planet with enormous tenderness and devotion, to 'all Africans who suffered the iron collars and chains of slavery. And their children who bear the scars.' The two continents have never seemed quite so intertwined"
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"Its subject matter couldn't be more topical."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"Uneven but undeniably powerful."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"History is handled respectfully, acknowledging what happened and giving victims an honest and predominantly objective voice on one of the most degrading pages in the book of humankind."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Apollo Guide
"The scenes of Africans marching in chains and stocks, monitored by other Africans, are a shock and linger in your mind for days afterward."
‑ Elvis Mitchell, New York Times
"A somewhat exciting new film from the Ivory Coast that breaks the lame American cinematic slavery mold."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
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