Roots: A sneak peek at some of the action that will take place on HISTORY (DStv 186)’s Roots on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. Be sure to tune in to Roots every Wednesday to see how everything plays out.
So, what will happen this week on “Roots ”?
Making its South African debut is the highly-anticipated television event Roots, which recounts the journey of one family’s will to survive, endure, and ultimately carry on their legacy despite enormous hardship and inhumanity.
Spanning multiple generations, the lineage begins with young Kunta Kinte, who is captured in his homeland of The Gambia and sold into slavery. Throughout the series, the family continues to face adversity that reveals powerful truths about the universal resilience of the human spirit.
In the first episode, having just survived his warrior training, young Mandinka nobleman Kunta Kinte (Malachi Kirby) is betrayed and captured into slavery. He is sold to British slave traders in 1767 and is shipped through the brutal Middle Passage to America on the Lord Ligonier along with 140 other slaves. Conditions are horrific on the slave ship and Kunta fears he will never see his family again. In Annapolis, Maryland, he is sold to a Virginia planter (James Purefoy). Befriended by a slave named Fiddler (Forest Whitaker), Kunta remains defiant and determined to escape.