A Film by Haile Gerima

 

Sankofa means ‘return to your roots” in the Akan language of Ghana

 

Two Slave Castles in Ghana

Cape Coast Castle

 

El Mina Castle

 

 There are approximately 40 more castles and forts in Ghana that were engaged in the slave trade 

 

 

West Coast of Africa

 

 

 

Map of Africa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Main Characters:

Mona/Shoala

Nu-Nu  /Afrike

Joe

Shango

Noble-Ali

Themes

1.      Importance of understanding one’s roots (history)

2.      Resistance (Physical and Psychological) of Africans

3.      Use Of Religion  (Christianity as Tool of oppression)

4.      Physical Brutality of slavery

5.      Degradation of the African woman (rape)

6.      Strength of African Culture

7.      Personal Transformation

8.      Humanity of the Africans

9.      African Spirituality

10. Torture techniques (branding, chopping off limbs,  

       hanging, flogging or whipping

11.  African secret societies

12.  Mixture of Africans from Africa, American born

       slaves, Caribbean born slaves

13.  African resistance

         Poisoning of master

         Runaways

         Burning/Damaging of Crops

         Organized/unorganized mass uprising