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Movie Info

A model (Oyafunmike Ogunlano) on a photo shoot in Ghana encounters an old mystic (Kofi Ghanaba) who transports her into the past, where she becomes a slave.

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Critic Reviews for Sankofa

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  • "Sankofa" depicts the appropriation of violence by its victims-and the movie itself is an act of history, a bearing of witness, and a reminder and reinforcement of dignity.

    May 4, 2019 | Full Review…
  • While there's no doubting the sincerity of writer/director Gerima's film, one can't help sensing more than a little dj vu in his account of the manifest evils of slavery.

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
  • [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
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • Despite its magical framing sequences and flashbacks, Sankofa works best on the level of (often grim) realism.

    December 16, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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