25th Cascade Festival of African Films


Directed by Haile Gerima

Ghana, Jamaica, USA, 1993 , 125 min.

Sunday Retrospective Series

CFAF’s Top 10 African Films

Sankofa in the West African Akan language means returning to your past, recovering what you’ve lost, and moving forward. A parable of African-American enslavement and resistance, the film tells the story of Mona, an African-American fashion model on a photo shoot at Cape Coast Castle in Ghana, who is transported back in time to a sugar cane plantation in the Americas where she becomes Shola, an enslaved African woman. She experiences firsthand the brutality of the slave system.

In English.

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