Sankofa
Sankofa (1993)

While visiting an old fortress from the slave-trade era in Ghana, Mona (Oyafunmike Ogunlano) encounters a colorful local character, an elderly mystic going by the name of Sankofa. Mona is a black American model visiting the country for a… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 25, 1996
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

While there's no doubting the sincerity of writer/director Gerima's film, one can't help sensing more than a little déjà vu in his account of the manifest evils of slavery.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

The Ethiopian-born Gerima... has brought a distinctive style and an often raw but always authoritative command of his medium to confront the horrors of slavery and its persisting significance, perhaps as no other filmmaker has.

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Caryn James
New York Times

[Gerima's] film is ambitious in its depiction of slavery and accomplished in its visual command, from the bright red scarves of the rebellious slaves to a fire they set in the fields.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Despite its magical framing sequences and flashbacks, Sankofa works best on the level of (often grim) realism.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The exciting thing about Haile Gerima's lush, wide-screen folkloric feature about black slavery is its poetic conviction, backed up by a great deal of filmmaking savvy.

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