I know this flick gets alot of praise on this site.
I haven't seen the movie in its entirety but I have seen clips from youtube and I do remember being disturbed by the fact that slaves were smiling at situations that didn't warrant a smile.
heres a review from IMDB
I ordered the movie and watched it last night. It was a total mockery of slavery and what the slaves went through. The types of things that happened were true, (like the slave breeding and breeding farms, white massas raping the young slave girls, horrible torturing methods, the ripping off slave genitals) but the way it was presented in the film made it seem like it was a joke, and to be taken lightly. There were many scenes in which the slaves were being sexually exploited, but the "actors" were directed to smile during the exploits. What slave would smile and giggle while being given an enema after enduring a long nasty middle passage? Or get a hard from a white massa examening his genitals like he is an animal? In reality slaves were probablly tired and sick and in some state of mental and physical shock after surving the middle passage and in no way shape or form even remotely entertained by being examined like animals by strange looking people in a whole new world. Lets be for real.
Also, there was a scene in which a 13 yr old child was begging the camera man to have sex with her, BEGGING. Im pretty sure there was alot of interracial sexual exploits back during slave days, but what 13 yr old is going to beg a massa to have sex with her??? More than likely those children were deathly afraid of the massas, especially witnessing acts of violence in which the masses would brutally beat and torture slaves. What 13 yr old would be sexually stimulated by someone who can beat her to her bloody death at any given moment?
Another scene that was pure trash: the slave breeding farm. I have no doubt in my mind that this actually took place, but when the "stud" opened his mouth to express pleasure in getting ready to have sex with the female slave, you could actually hear a horse in the background! It was if the directors were implying that this "stud" was a horse! WTH????
Another tacky scene: little african slave boys naked from head to toe being painted gold and bronze by what appeared to be a homosexual white man. He was using his bare hands to paint and the little boys seemed to like it! They were very feminine in their mannerisms, tilting their heads to the side and smiling, hands on hips. The camera man repeatedly zoomed in on these little boys' genitals. I really dont even understand the purpose of this scene accept to express some type of homosexual fantasy with little boys.
The mammy scene where this huge black lady is walking up the stairs, and each time she takes a step, music is played in the background, like they are making fun of her huge size. Speaking of music, the music through out the entire movie was light-hearted. It was very innapropriate for the subject matter.
I could go on and on about the how trashy this "documentary" was. This movie makes light of the horrors and brutality slaves went through. It was like watching a movie about the Holocaust that Jews went through with Hitler, but with a funny twist.