• Unrated, 2 hr. 4 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Haile Gerima
    In Theaters:
    May 28, 1993 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 25, 1996

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Sankofa Reviews

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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.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

December 16, 2013
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

| Original Score: 3/5

August 22, 2005
Caryn James
New York Times
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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.

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May 20, 2003
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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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.

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October 16, 2001
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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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.

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February 14, 2001
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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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.

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February 9, 2006
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