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TV Guide's Movie Guide
December 16, 2013
Despite its magical framing sequences and flashbacks, Sankofa works best on the level of (often grim) realism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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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Caryn James
New York Times
May 20, 2003
[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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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 16, 2001
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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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
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.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 22, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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