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Cast: Oyafunmike Ogunlano, Mutabaruka, Alexandra Duah, Kofi Ghanaba,
Nick Medley, Afemo Omilami, Reginald Carter. (NR, 125 min.)

Director Haile Gerima talks about working with Muta on Sankofa


Sankofa.jpg (58139 bytes) Sankofa is an Akan word that means, "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." Written, directed and produced by Ethiopian born filmmaker Haile Gerima, SANKOFA is a powerful film about Maafa-the African holocaust. Done from an African/African-American perspective, this story is a vastly different one from the generally distorted representations of African people that Hollywood gives us.
This revolutionary feature film connects enslaved black people with their African past and culture. It empowers Black people by showing how African peoples desire for freedom made them resist, fight back, and conspire against their enslavers, overseers and collective past through the vision on Mona, who visits her ancestral experience on a new world plantation as Shola. We share the life she endures as a slave and experiences her growing consciousness and transformation. mutarack.jpg (16886 bytes)
mutabamboo2.jpg (19867 bytes) Get a copy of Sankofa and the following other Haile Gerima videos and products, at the MYPHEDUH FILMS website:

Reviews and additional information:

Austin Chronicle review by Marc Savlov

UNC Afro-American Studies review

Pilot Online review by Mal Vincent reviews by John Hartl & Andy Spletzer

12th Annual Harlem Week Black Film Festival featuring Sankofa

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