Film & TV

Film Review: ‘Uncle Tom II: An American Odyssey’

An insightful documentary that sheds light on American race relations past and present
BY Ian Kane TIMEAugust 20, 2022 PRINT

Not rated | 1h 56m | Documentary, History | 2022

The soon-to-be-released documentary “Uncle Tom II” explores how the highly destructive and divisive ideology of Marxism has created deep fault lines across the world. In the United States of America, this divisive ideology has been implemented through our educational system and mass media, such as films and mainstream news.

Originally, the Marxism-Leninism ideology focused on class differences and divided the world between people who controlled the purse strings (the bourgeoisie) and, as Marxist proponent Saul Alinsky later describes, those who are the workers (the proletariat). This classic friction between the “haves” and the “have-nots” is made clear in works such as “The Communist Manifesto” by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, and Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals.”

Since Marxism is a highly modular system that can drive wedges between different segments of society, it can easily switch out the haves and have-nots with other groups such as males versus females, or fair-skinned people versus darker folks. Due to this adaptability, it has played a highly deceptive role in American politics and culture, and still does today.

How Marxism Affects Us Today

The film asks us to take a closer look at the aftereffects of slavery. After blacks finally shook off the shackles of slavery, many emerged as very productive members of society, and many were relatively well off because of their strong values and work ethic.

Under the capable direction of filmmaker Justin Malone, we hear the voices of such insightful people as journalist and TV show host Larry Elder (who is also one of the executive producers of the film), as well as fellow producer Chad Jackson.

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Larry Elder, one of the executive producers for “Uncle Tom II.” (The Epoch Times)

The movie begins with old black-and-white footage of prosperous black families who were respectable members of society, and who also had a strong faith in God. There faces are all happy or at peace with their world.

Later in the film, we see the ways that blacks were fed lies about being the primary victims of society in the United States. By the film’s second act, we see how the Black Lives Matter movement (among others) was founded by “trained Marxists” and used other leftists to further their nefarious agenda of division, racism, and hatred.

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A Black Lives Matter rally in “Uncle Tom II: An American Odyssey.” (Malone Pictures)

When Marxist-Leninist theory is applied to American race relations, whites became designated as the big bad oppressors at the top of the spectrum, and blacks became the new proletariat underclass who were, according to Marxists, constantly being exploited.

And since Marxism erases God from people’s lives and replaces belief in the divine with belief in the state, faith also disappeared from the lives of black people. With participation in the church eroded, blacks lost their strong sense of community and superlative work ethic.

As political commentator Jesse Lee Peterson states, “You will be used, you will be taken advantage of … because you cannot see what you’re getting into.” To Peterson’s point, Judge Clarence Thomas reflects on his earlier days as an angry black radical and recalls rioting all night in Harvard Square, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. But when he returned home, he couldn’t explain to himself why he’d participated in the rage-fueled rioting in the first place.

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Chad Jackson in “Uncle Tom II: An American Odyssey.” (Malone Pictures)

The scope of “Uncle Tom II” is vast. However, due to its combination of gorgeous old black-and-white photography, logical and insightful narration, and the ability to tie the past to the present in a way that makes sense, it turns out to be a fantastic documentary rather than overly convoluted.

It’s a must-see cinematic experience for those who are interested in the impact of communism on race relations, as well as history in general.

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Promotional ad for “Uncle Tom II.” (Malone Pictures)

‘Uncle Tom II: An American Odyssey’
Documentary
Director: Justin Malone
Running Time: 1 hour, 56 minutes
Not rated
Release Date: Aug. 26, 2022 (United States)
Rated: 4.5 stars out of 5

Ian Kane
Ian Kane is an U.S. Army veteran, author, filmmaker, and actor. He is dedicated to the development and production of innovative, thought-provoking, character-driven films and books of the highest quality.
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