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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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Genres:

Drama

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Ghana | Burkina Faso | UK | Germany

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

When no company would distribute his film, director Haile Gerima went on a roadshow tour from city to city, screening the film personally. It grossed around $3 million. See more »

Connections

Referenced in 500 Years Later (2005) See more »

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In awe.
12 October 2002 | by shicacaSee all my reviews

This movie best depicted conditions of slavery that I have ever seen. Hearing so many things in books and from school teachers dillutes the mind a little and makes it feel very mild from the way they speak. I was especially in awe how they made it so real yet didn't even hardly show blood at all. I watched it a second time to make sure; it doesn't!

If you are going to watch this on your own accord (i.e.- not in a class where you can't get another copy), PLEASE watch it more than once. I've heard this so many times about so many other movies, but it's awesomly true in this case! 'You can not POSSIBLY get everything w/ one viewing'.

I'm off to write a paper about this movie, but I think I must rent it once more before I get done with the paper to get even more info; there's just that much.


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