Roots is a film, based on a true story that sprawled over twelve episodes and six nights. A story of ‘An African-American Family’ Kunta Kinte (played by LeVar Burton), who is captured in Africa in 1750 and sold as slaves to the U.S colonies.
Kunta Kinte is abducted from his African village, sold into slavery, and taken to America. He makes several escape attempts until he is finally caught and maimed. He marries Bell, his plantation's cook, and they have a daughter, Kizzy, who is eventually sold away from them. Kizzy has a son by her new master, and the boy grows up to become Chicken George, a legendary cock fighter who leads his family into freedom. Throughout the series, the family observes notable events in U.S. history, such as the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, slave uprisings, and emancipation.