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Blending historical fact with African legend, this film takes an unusual look at the effects of the slave trade, exploring the complicity of African rulers in this crime against human dignity. In West Africa in the 17th century, King Adanggaman (Rasmane Ouedraogo) has aligned himself with slave traders from Europe, ordering tribes of Amazons to attack unfriendly villages and set their homes on fire. When the villagers attempt to escape, the slavers kidnap the Africans and send them away to be sold. Ossei (Ziable Honore Goore Bi) is a young man whose village has so far been spared, but when he… More
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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