Sankofa


2h 4m 1993

Brief Synopsis

Mona, a contemporary model, is possessed by spirits lingering in the Cape Coast Castle in Ghana. She travels to the past where, as a house slave called Shola on a sugar plantation, she is constantly abused by the slave master. Nunu, an African-born slave, and Shango, Shola's lover, continuously rebe

Film Details

Release Date
1993

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 4m

Synopsis

Mona, a contemporary model, is possessed by spirits lingering in the Cape Coast Castle in Ghana. She travels to the past where, as a house slave called Shola on a sugar plantation, she is constantly abused by the slave master. Nunu, an African-born slave, and Shango, Shola's lover, continuously rebel against the slave system. For Nunu this means direct conflict with her son, a mulatto benefitting from the system as a head slave. Inspired by Nunu and Shango's determination to defy the system, Shola finally takes her fate into her own hands.

Film Details

Release Date
1993

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 4m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1993

Released in United States August 1997

Released in United States May 12, 1995

Released in United States September 1993

Released in United States September 23, 1994

Released in United States Spring April 8, 1994

Re-released in United States September 14, 1994

Shown at Contemporary Films of the African Diaspora Festival in New York City November 26 - December 2, 1993.

Shown at Independent Feature Film Market (IFFM) in New York City September 27 - October 4, 1993.

Shown at Toronto Festival of Festivals (Contemporary World Cinema) September 9-18, 1993.

Filmmaker Haile Gerima's previous efforts include "Child of Resistance" (USA/1972), "Harvest: 3000 Years" (Ethiopia/1975), and "Bush Mama" (USA/1979).

The film's title means "one must return to the past in order to move to the future."

Released in Newark, NJ September 9, 1994.

Released in United States 1993 (Shown at AFI/Los Angeles International Film Festival (Mid Festival Galas) June 10 - July 1, 1993.)

Released in United States 1993 (Shown at Contemporary Films of the African Diaspora Festival in New York City November 26 - December 2, 1993.)

Released in United States 1993 (Shown at Independent Feature Film Market (IFFM) in New York City September 27 - October 4, 1993.)

Released in United States May 12, 1995 (Los Angeles)

Released in United States August 1997 (Shown in New York City (Adam Clayton Powell Gallery) as part of program "Harlem Week 1997" August 1-15, 1997.)

Released in United States September 1993 (Shown at Toronto Festival of Festivals (Contemporary World Cinema) September 9-18, 1993.)

Re-released in United States September 14, 1994 (New York City)

Released in United States September 23, 1994 (Brooklyn, NY)

Released in United States Spring April 8, 1994