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A moving drama relating the the true story of a little known African American hero, an African prince who was sold into slavery in the American South in 1788. His name was Abdul Rahman Ibrahima Sori, and he remained enslaved for forty years, before ultimately regaining his freedom and returning to Africa. The broad outline of Abdul Rahman's biography reads like a fairytale: A young prince falls from a life of power and privlege into exile and enslavement in a strange land. There he endures inimaginable indignities, yet carves out a life, marries a woman enslaved like himself, and has children. Then, through improbable circumstances, including meeting President John Quincy Adams at the White House, he is granted his freedom and returns to his homeland, but not before he rescues his wife from enslavement and sees his royal status recognized in the very land that held him in bondage. PBS (DVD Release Date: February 26, 2008), Directors: Bill Duke, Andrea Kalin, Actors: Mos Def, NR (Not Rated), Run Time: 90 minutes.
Winner of the Best Documentary at the 2007 American Black Film Festival
The film contains insight from a distinguished and diverse group of experts such as Terry Alford, whose historical biography inspired the film; best-selling journalist and popular historian Adam Hochschild; K. Anthony Appiah, professor of philosophy at Princeton University; the late novelist Bebe Moore Campbell; Sylviane A. Diouf, renowned scholar and author; Michael Gomez, professor of history at NYU; historian David S. Dreyer; Artemus Gaye, a descendant of Abdul Rahman; and Hamza Yusuf Hanson and Zaid Shakir, Islamic scholars at the Zaytuna Institute.