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Gather as if @ Grand Film Discussion: Roots

Join us for the second in our Film Discussion Series as we dive into Roots (Season 1; Episode 1)

Films within the Gather as if @ Grand 2020 program, Racism: Roots, Resolves, and Results, have been curated by Ms. Linda Carter Pete, who will provide a study guide to all registrants in order to facilitate study, reflection, and conversation.

MOVIE #2: Roots (Season 1; Episode 1)

95 minutes; History Channel Network; 2016

WHEN: November 19, 2020; 7–8:15 pm

WHERE: Virtual Film Discussion on Zoom (details will be sent to all registrants).

HOW: Ahead of the November 19 discussion event, plan on viewing the movie through your streaming service such as Amazon Prime or locate a DVD to borrow from a local library, etc. All registrants will be sent a study guide to facilitate your own reflection on the film and spark discussion.

ABOUT THE FILM: Roots is a 2016 American miniseries and a remake of the 1977 miniseries with the same name, based on Alex Haley’s 1976 novel, Roots: The Saga of an American Family. It first aired on May 30, 2016 and stars Malachi Kirby, Forest Whitaker, Anna Paquin, Laurence Fishburne, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anika Noni Rose, T.I. and South African actress Nokuthula Ledwaba. It was produced on a budget of $50 million.

In 1750 in the river region of The Gambia in West Africa, Omoro Kinte and his wife, Binta, have their first child, a son named Kunta. Kunta is trained in Mandinka customs and is a dedicated student who dreams of traveling to the university. After being kidnapped and captured by the Koros, Kunta is sold to British slave traders in 1767 and is shipped to America. In Annapolis, Maryland, he is sold to a Virginia planter named John Waller and is given the slave name Toby. Kunta strongly resists his new name and enslavement. He relies on the wise counsel of Fiddler, an assimilated slave and sophisticated musician who has been assigned to train him.

ABOUT THE STUDY GUIDE CREATOR: Born in Georgia and currently residing in the East Bay, Linda Carter Pete’s formative years had her residing in Thailand, Iran, Okinawa, Belgium, and Germany as a military dependent for sixteen years before returning to Alexandria, Virginia to finish high school. Linda went on to attend Dominican College of San Rafael where she earned her BA in History, a single subject Teaching Credential, and an MS in Education: Curriculum & Instruction. Linda continued her graduate education at Stanford University where she earned her MA in Education: Administration and Policy Analysis as well as her Administrative Credential.

Linda began her teaching career as a substitute in the Oakland Unified School District and then worked in the San Francisco Unified School District. She taught in middle and high schools for seven years before becoming an administrator. She has spent the last twenty-one years supporting school communities in San Francisco and now works with Mt. Diablo Unified School District in Concord, California. Linda has also taught “Voice, Equity, Diversity and Social Justice” in the Teaching Credential Program at Chapman University at their Concord and Fairfield campuses, and Children’s Church for children (ages 5-11).

More about 2020 Gather as if @ Grand—Racism: Roots, Resolves, and Results here.


November 19, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

1520 Grand Avenue
San Rafael, California 94901