Recommended for ages 12 and over
Theatrical Release: 7/11/2012
Video Release: 10/2/2012
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter
Writer: Pritchett Cotten
Producer: Luke Livingston, J. David Williams
Director: Pritchett Cotten
Runtime: 100 min.
Limited Theatrical Release - In RUNAWAY SLAVE, an intriguing new documentary that opens in theaters this summer, Rev. C.L. Bryant journeys across America to find answers. A one-time NAACP local chapter president, Rev. Bryant discovers that by buying into the entitlement mindset of "progressives," the black community has traded one form of tyranny for another.
Using leading black conservatives as "conductors," Rev. Bryant believes it is time for a new Underground Railroad to help liberate all Americans from the Government plantation that has left the black community dealing with a new form of slavery: entitlements.
This is a riveting documentary which attempts to unite blacks to move forward in a focused political front, rather than being divided on perceived racism issues. Rev. C. L. Bryant pursues the idea that conservative Republicans did a lot for the advancement of African Americans in the past, more than Democrats would like to own up to. Republicans were responsible for slavery being ended, citizenship and justice, and the right to vote for blacks. The documentary begins with the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King's great Civil Rights victory.
This fascinating documentary looks at the history of the Civil Rights movement and where America is at today in terms of the advancement of blacks in society. There seems to be two schools, those who believe blacks have come a long way and their skin color no longer prevents them from anything other races can enjoy, and those who believe it is still an issue in terms of poverty and social advancement.
The documentary features various pastors and community leaders who comment on political platforms and the Tea Party. Pastor Bryant shares that he did not get to enjoy his ninth anniversary at a church he pastored because the leaders of the church did not care for what they perceived to be a liberal comment and he lost his job. The documentary features a wise observation that people must learn to forgive in order to move forward.
This film features a piece of history as well as insight into where we may be headed in the future as a country. We recommend it for ages twelve plus. Watch this one soon. It just might motivate you to become more active in the causes you believe in. It's not often a documentary can do that.
Sex: It's stated that some rap songs promote promiscuity.
Language: A man says he was called "ni*ger" as a boy; H-1; H (as a place)-1; Crap-1
Violence: "Bloody Sunday" is referred to and historical footage features police officers with Billy Clubs, people fleeing and being carried off; fires and smoke; talk of Martin Luther King's assassination; a conservative black man says there was a time he would have led conservatives to the gallows; a comment about 1500 black babies being aborted every day.
Drugs: It's stated some rap songs promote drug usage.
Nudity: Some young men show boxers by wearing pants low in the back.
Other: A man says he believes the Tea Party is racist; a comment from black man about the angry white people; a black man asks an angry black man what makes the angry whites worse than he is and he says, "They are the enemy".