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Sankofa (1993)

A self-absorbed Black American fashion model on a photo shoot in Africa is spiritually transported back to a plantation in the West Indies where she experiences first-hand the physical and ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kofi Ghanaba ...
Sankofa
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Mona
Alexandra Duah ...
Nunu
Nick Medley ...
Joe
Mutabaruka ...
Shango
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Noble Ali
Reggie Carter ...
Father Raphael
Mzuri ...
Lucy
Jimmy Lee Savage ...
Mussa
Hasinatu Camara ...
Jumma
Jim Faircloth ...
James
Stanley Michelson ...
Mr. Lafayette
John A. Mason ...
Big Boy
Louise Reid ...
Esther
Roger Doctor ...
Nathan
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A self-absorbed Black American fashion model on a photo shoot in Africa is spiritually transported back to a plantation in the West Indies where she experiences first-hand the physical and psychic horrors of chattel slavery, and eventually the redemptive power of community and rebellion as she becomes a member of a freedom-seeking Maroon colony. Written by L. J. Allen-2

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28 May 1993 (USA)  »

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Санкофа  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,691,899 (USA)
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1.37 : 1
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"Sankofa" is an Akan word that means that we must go back and reclaim our past so we can move forward; so we understand why and how we came to be who we are today. See more »

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Referenced in 500 Years Later (2005) See more »

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Spirit of the dead, rise up.
13 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As an African-American male this film really hit home for me. It upsets me that there aren't more films like this from the perspective of the oppressed. I can't believe I didn't hear of this film until recently, the same as I never heard of great Africans and people of African descent like Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop, Dr. John Henrick Clarke, Dr. Amos Wilson, Dr. Chancellor Williams, Dr. Carter G. Woodson and many others like them until recently. This film shows how life today among blacks strongly resembles the life of slaves on the plantation. We think we are free but our minds are stuck in self hatred. I recommend this movie to people of all races and backgrounds, very eye-opening and educational. 10 times better than any Roots or Amistad or Color Purple that was made by people not of African descent


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