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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 »

Director:

Haile Gerima

Writer:

Haile Gerima
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kofi Ghanaba Kofi Ghanaba ... Sankofa
Oyafunmike Ogunlano ... Mona
Alexandra Duah Alexandra Duah ... Nunu
Nick Medley Nick Medley ... Joe
Mutabaruka Mutabaruka ... Shango
Afemo Omilami ... Noble Ali
Reggie Carter Reggie Carter ... Father Raphael
Mzuri Mzuri ... Lucy
Jimmy Lee Savage Jimmy Lee Savage ... Mussa
Hasinatu Camara Hasinatu Camara ... Jumma
Jim Faircloth Jim Faircloth ... James
Stanley Michelson Stanley Michelson ... Mr. Lafayette
John A. Mason John A. Mason ... Big Boy
Louise Reid Louise Reid ... Esther
Roger Doctor Roger Doctor ... Nathan
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Storyline

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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Drama

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Trivia

"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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This move is Beautiful!!
24 January 2007 | by kswright1See all my reviews

The first time I heard of this movie was in College. I then purchased myself a copy. This movie is Amazing, Probably the truest, realest movie regarding Slavery. It told of the horrors and abuse African people who were brought to this country endured.. I believe this is a must see for everyone regardless of races..The strength alone of the people, to deal with what they faced and to still rise above that is absolutely Incredible. It is a shame that this movie got no recognition in the US . I guess it would cause people to deal with the reality of the horrific brutality human beings faced during this darkest era in American History.


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Country:

USA | Ghana | Burkina Faso | UK | Germany | Ethiopia

Language:

Akan | English

Release Date:

28 May 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Санкофа See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,198,984

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,198,984
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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