"Sankofa"

Published Robbie - Wed, 02/26/2014 - 5:28pm

Sankofa, directed by Haile Gerima, deals with the history and continuing social-psychological impact of the African slave trade and New World slave-based economies. The story follows Mona, a self-absorbed contemporary African American model, as she is visited by spirits lingering in the former slave-trading site at the Cape Coast Castle in Ghana while on a photo shoot. Mona travels to the distant past, where, as a house servant named Shola on a West Indies plantation, she is constantly abused by her slave masters. Her friend Nunu, an African-born field hand, and Shango, Shola's West Indian love interest, both continuously rebel against the slave system. For Nunu this means direct conflict with her son, who benefits from the system as a head slave, as his father is a white man. Inspired by Nunu and Shango's determination to defy the system, Shola finally chooses to fight back against her masters, learning the redemptive power of community and rebellion as she joins a freedom-fighting Maroon colony.

Runtime- 125 minutes

Cost: 
$3-5 suggested donation
When:
Mon, 03/17/2014 - 7:00pm
Cost: 
$3-5 suggested donation