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In West Africa during the late 17th century, King Adanggaman leads a war against his neighboring tribes, ordering his soldiers to torch enemy villages, kill the elderly and capture the healthy tribesmen to sell to the European slave traders. When his village falls prey to one of Adanggaman's attacks, Ossei manages to escape, but his family is murdered except for his captured mother. Chasing after the soldiers in an effort to free her, Ossei is befriended by a fierce warrior named Naka.


Critic Reviews for Adanggaman

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (1)

  • There are ... images that are shocking and disturbing.

    Mar 21, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Uneven but undeniably powerful.

    Sep 21, 2001 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • The scenes of Africans marching in chains and stocks, monitored by other Africans, are a shock and linger in your mind for days afterward.

    Sep 21, 2001 | Rating: 4/5
  • Reaches through time and space across the planet with enormous tenderness and devotion, to 'all Africans who suffered the iron collars and chains of slavery. And their children who bear the scars.' The two continents have never seemed quite so intertwined

    Dec 29, 2007 | Full Review…
  • History is handled respectfully, acknowledging what happened and giving victims an honest and predominantly objective voice on one of the most degrading pages in the book of humankind.

    Mar 11, 2002 | Rating: 76/100
  • A somewhat exciting new film from the Ivory Coast that breaks the lame American cinematic slavery mold.

    Oct 15, 2001 | Rating: 6/10

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