The internationally-acclaimed drama Roots, starring Forest Whitaker, Laurence
Fishburne, Anna Paquin and Malachi Kirby, and featuring local stars Nokuthula
Ledwaba, Mbulelo Grootboom and Nandi Nyembe, makes its free-to-air television
debut on e.tv on Monday, 6 November at 20h30.
The harrowing miniseries chronicles the story of an African man sold into slavery in
America and his descendants. In the 1770s Kunta Kinte (Kirby) is kidnapped from
West Africa and sold to a British slave trader. His journey intensifies as it unfolds,
introducing viewers to the lives of the enslaved and showing the brutality, abuse and
sexual violence they endure over generations.
A remake of the 1977 miniseries based on Alex Haley’s classic novel of the same
name, Roots’ worldwide appeal can be credited to its awe-inspiring
international locations and award-winning cast. South African viewers will recognise a
number of these locations, with spectacular scenes filmed at Mtunzini’s Umlalazi River
and in the Dlinza Forest, near Eshowe, in KwaZulu-Natal.
The star-studded American cast is supported by well-known South African actors
Nokuthula Ledwaba, Mbulelo Grootboom and Nandi Nyembe. SAFTA nominee Ledwaba
burst onto the scene as wild child Lu in Backstage, before playing diva-in-the-
making Tshidi Khuse on Rhythm City and then starring as Dumile in
Umlilo. Grootboom recently starred as Ntlonipho ‘Killer’ Nxasana in the e.tv
drama series Z’bondiwe and played Tony in the 2009 feature film White
Wedding. Nyembe is a familiar face having appeared in numerous television
series and movies, including Jacob’s Cross, Soul City, Yizo Yizo, Izoso Connexion,
Soul Buddyz and 4Play: Sex Tips for Girls.
Catch Roots, from Monday 6 November 2017 at 20h30 to 22h30 on e.tv and
eHD on OpenView HD (Channel 104) and DStv (Channel 194). The internationally-
acclaimed miniseries will run over four weeks, with weekly two-hour episodes.
See the promo clip below: