After shining a spotlight on South African apartheid in Come Back, Africa, Rogosin explored his home country’s own history of segregation in Black Roots through the simple act of letting those who had lived through it talk for themselves—specifically, civil rights leaders, including feminist activist Florynce “Flo” Kennedy, and African American blues and folk musicians, many of whom let their songs speak to their experiences. (Legendary ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax is credited as a musical consultant and assistant editor.) The first in Rogosin’s trilogy of films on American race relations, followed by Black Fantasy and Woodcutters of the Deep South.

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