Thank you for all of these suggestions. I appreciate your help!
I have also looked into that and haven't been able to find other films besides those just mentioned.
There is an old (1937) Darryl Zanuck film, "The Slave Ship". I believe this was the film I saw as a child that has a memorably horrific scene of slaves being cast overboard on a chain. Beyond that I have little memory of it, but there is some discussion of the film in Ellen C. Scott, "Cinema Civil Rights: Regulation, Repression, and Race in the Classical Hollywood Era" from Rutgers UP, which makes is sound relevant to your query. Wm. Faulkner was involved in the writing, which is interesting in itself.
greetings, matt - i cannot remember exactly how much the actual middle passage plays a filmic role, but you might want to look at the 1960s movie QUEIMADA ( eng. title BURN) by pontecorvo. it definitely is a basic reference, at least the way i see it in my mind now...
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I'm working on a book on the book and TV series Roots and I'm trying to identify depictions of the Middle Passage in film, TV, or visual culture before Roots broadcast in Jan 1977. So far, the only film representation I have found of the Middle Passage before Roots is 1958 French film Tamango about a revolt on a slave ship. I would welcome any suggestions.
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