Directed by Haile Gerima
Sunday Retrospective Series
CFAF’s Top 10 African Films
Sankofa in the West African Akan language means returning to your past, recovering what you’ve lost, and moving forward. A parable of African-American enslavement and resistance, the film tells the story of Mona, an African-American fashion model on a photo shoot at Cape Coast Castle in Ghana, who is transported back in time to a sugar cane plantation in the Americas where she becomes Shola, an enslaved African woman. She experiences firsthand the brutality of the slave system.
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