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Originally posted by art_gurl:
It reminds me of one of the central ideas of Jarrod Diamond's 'Guns, Germs and Steel' - where would the whites have been without their guns?

That's a very good point, Art. I've often wondered what would have become of America if not for the slaves. I'm leaning toward the idea that the Native Americans would have eventually over ran them, had they not had the endless resources cultivated by slavery.

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It must have been an extremely difficult and confronting film to re-enact for all the actors, particularly those of African heritage.

There is a note about this on the inside of the DVD flyer. It reads...

"Part of what the African cast would be dealing with was reenacting the Middle Passage, the torturous journey from Africa, when chained Africans endured weeks and sometimes months of being whipped and starved in slave ship cargo holds. Producer Collin Wilson says, 'There are images from the filming of this movie that are going to be permanently imprinted in our minds, because we felt we actually witnessed what the Africans were subjected to on their journey. It tore many of us apart emotionally. There were several sequences where the visuals were so powerful that many cast and crew members were reduced to tears'."

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Also that American 'flag-waving' was kept to a minimum.

I agree. But keep in mind, situational stories about slavery do not highlight our proudest moments as a country. I've found that Euro-Americans, in particular, become very uncomfortable looking down the barrel of the gun that their ancestors carried.
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