sankofa movie dvd


Director: Haile Gerima

Key Cast: Kofi Ghanaba, Oyafunmike Ogunlano, Alexandra Duah, Nick Medley, Mutabaruka, Afemo Omilami, Reggie Carter

Rating: Not Rated

Genre(s): Drama


“History is power. Which is why we named the film Sankofa. ‘Sankofa’ is a philosophical, mythological bird
passed down from generation to generation from the Akan people of Ghana. The name means [that in order]
to move forward, you must reclaim the past. In the past, you find the future and understand the present.

Haile Gerima, Director and Writer of Sankofa

While on a photo shoot in Ghana, Black American model Mona (Oyafunmike Ogunlano) encounters a local elderly mystic named "Sankofa." So that she can learn more deeply about her history, Mona is spiritually transported back in time. She becomes Shola, a house servant who is constantly abused by her owners.



• It took Haile Gerima nine years to get the financing and make "Sankofa." After the film was completed, though, he couldn't get any of the U.S. movie distributors to carry his film. Determined to succeed, Gerima hand carried his film to black communities throughout the United States and showed it at locally. "Sankofa" became an underground hit in the Black community and earned about three million dollars.

• The director of "Sankofa", Haile Gerima, is Ethiopian, but attended the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Film School. He was there during the 1970s when many other notable African American film directors attended the school such as Charles Burnett (Killer of Sheep) and Julie Dash (Daughters of the Dust).


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