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Sankofa

Sankofa (1993)

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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 photo-session. The old man claims to be in contact with spirits, and she is intrigued by this. When she goes to visit him, she suddenly finds herself back in the old slavery days, a slave herself who is captured and shipped to a sugar planation in the American

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Oct 25, 1996

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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.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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[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.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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.

October 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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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.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Despite its magical framing sequences and flashbacks, Sankofa works best on the level of (often grim) realism.

December 16, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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