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Simon Schama - Rough Crossings [DVD] [2007]

Simon Schama , Steven Condie    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Simon Schama
  • Directors: Steven Condie
  • Writers: Simon Schama
  • Producers: Steven Condie
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Dec 2011
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006G3NQ42
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,662 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Rough Crossings is the astonishing story of the struggle to freedom by thousands of African-American slaves who fled the plantations to fight behind British lines in the American War of Independence. With gripping, powerfully vivid story-telling, Simon Schama follows the escaped blacks into the fires of the war, and into freezing, inhospitable Nova Scotia where many who had served the Crown were betrayed in their promises to receive land at the war's end. Their fate became entwined with British abolitionists: inspirational figures such as Granville Sharp, the flute-playing father-figure of slave freedom, and John Clarkson, the 'Moses' of this great exodus, who accompanied the blacks on their final rough crossing to Africa, wher they hoped that freedom would finally greet them.This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media.'s standard return policy will apply.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tale of freedom from America to Africa 3 Mar 2012
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This is an excellent documentary which captures some of the best parts of Simon Schama's book. The story of the ex-slaves who fought for the British during the American War of Independence. Recommended viewing!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Simon Shamas Rough Crossings excellent 15 Mar 2014
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Shama presents an excellent combination of fact-fiction on a DVD, easily accessible for many viewers. Shamas storytelling is inspiring and his language should be listened to by more presentators in this field. I vagueli remember that this story was also told by Spielberg, at least part of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Schama's America 7 Sep 2011
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Schama is an experienced documentary film-maker; he and his team know how to get the best out of the medium. In this drama-documentary, they build on earlier successes to create a very informative, moving, shocking and engaging history of an aspect of American history which still resonates today.
Unless read by a vivid, creative imagination, scholarly history can remain just that - scholarly words on the page; drama documentary breathes life into it, the words rise from the page and become what they always were, the lives of real people. Schama has always had a flair for imbuing history with vividness and breathing life into stuffy history without an excess of voyeuristic, gratuitous drama.
This creates the slavery industry before our eyes; history becomes "now" and reverberates. One can ask little more from a historian.

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