Sankofa film with Q&A
Join the conversation online as MSU Libraries and WKAR present Sankofa. more information...
Taking viewers on a journey back in time, SANKOFA - written and directed by Ethiopian-born filmmaker Haile Gerima - tells the story of an African American fashion model named Mona who goes on a spiritual journey of resistance to confront her past. An angry encounter with a local griot sends her on a transcendental journey back through time where she emerges as Shola, an enslaved woman on a plantation somewhere in the Americas. Mona, now Shola, is faced with the choice of continued abuse or fighting back.
Warning: This film is rated TV-MA, and contains nudity and depictions of sexual violence. Viewer discretion is advised.
Registration is required for this virtual event.
Following the film, join a moderated online discussion. Scheduled panelists include:
Erik Ponder, MSU Libraries- African Studies, Panel Moderator
Haile Gerima, Filmmaker
Dr. Tama Hamilton-Wray, Associate Professor of Africana Film Studies, The MSU Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Dr. Nakia D. Parker, Assistant Professor, MSU History Department
RSVP HERE to join the screening and conversation around Sankofa from the comfort and safety of your home. Conversation with the panel begins at approximately 8:00 p.m.
More About the Film:
Originally released in 1993, Gerima introduces Mona as a model posing for sultry photos in front of Elmina Slave Castle on the coast of Ghana, without any awareness of the depth of the historical tragedy that took place there.