First off, the 'Half-Truths' review said that the movie said that Portugal had the start of slave trade which is false but the movie actually said it was that it (to the person) was the start of the TRANS-ATLANTIC slave trade.
Anyway, the actual movie is actually pretty good. It brought up points and information that (at least to me) made me want to look into the topic even further.
However, the editing was a bit cluttered but the mix of animation, video and hard-hitting narration and photos of objects/pictures/cartoons of the time. Also the music was a nice mix of hip-hop, dramatic classical, etc....
In conclusion (yes I know I'm writing this like a high school essay, let me be), the movie is pretty amazing and you should at least give it a chance.
Reviewed by shoesforyou1 / 10
In response to the user who made excuses for the movie
"Half truths" is right. It's full of lies.
Here was the defense: "This user clearly wasn't paying attention or stopped watching. The doc says that the Portuguese were the first to conduct AFRICAN slave trading."
No. This is also untrue. The Arab slave trade in Africa precedes the Portuguese one by hundreds of years. It was comparable in scale.
So if one comes to the aid of a deeply flawed and inherently biased piece that is only design to create resentment and division, at least make sure that the facts are accurate.
You do not have to believe me. Read up on the arab slave trade.
And this is emblematic. The entire show is like that.
So unless you like to be lied to, don't watch it. You will be disappointed.
Reviewed by skyflynick9 / 10
To the user who rated 2 stars, titled "half truths"
"First lie found less than 10 minutes in. Netflix has a poor track record of producing factual documentaries. It begins with stating the Portuguese began slave trading and was the first offender of such. As we know, slave trading has existed since the dawn of civilization and still to this day."
This user clearly wasn't paying attention or stopped watching. The doc says that the Portuguese were the first to conduct AFRICAN slave trading. The people posting low ratings clearly have DEEP issues of their own.
Was this the best produced documentary of all time? No. Was it better than most? Yes. I learned a heck of a lot of stuff not taught in my history classes, done so in a way that was captivating. If you want to learn some history, not from an essentialism American history background, then this is the movie for you.
Let's keep history from repeating itself. Have a nice day!