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Sankofa

+ intro by lecturer and filmmaker Imruh Bakari

An African-American fashion model is transported into the body of an enslaved plantation girl 100 years prior.

Image from Sankofa + intro by lecturer and filmmaker Imruh Bakari

USA-Ghana-Burkina Faso-UK-Germany 1993
Dir Haile Gerima
With Kofi Ghanaba, Oyafunmike Ogunlano, Alexandra Duah
124min
35mm
Certificate 15

On a work trip to Ghana, Mona (Ogunlano), an African-American fashion model, is transported into the body of an enslaved plantation girl 100 years prior. There she must learn, the hard way, how to claim her forgotten identity. Much of today’s black visual aesthetic can be laid at the feet of Haile Gerima, who trained a new generation of filmmakers to ‘decolonise the gaze’, including lauded cinematographer Bradford Young, and director-producer Jenn Nkiru.


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