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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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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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Country:

USA | Ghana | Burkina Faso | UK | Germany

Language:

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:

$2,691,899
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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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totally destroys the myth of the happy and passive slave of early American history
25 April 2001 | by scr99016See all my reviews

A very compelling story of what slavery was really like. The sometimes graphic but honest images left a very strong impression on me. No happy go lucky Uncle Toms willing to cater to the Master in all things. This film is one of my alternative favorites but is very hard to find. It should be required viewing for American history courses.


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