Country:Ghana; USA; Burkina Faso; BRD 1993
Format:35 mm
Language:OF m. dt. UT
Length:125 Minutes
Film series:50 Jahre Unabhaengigkeit Ghana, Jenseits von Europa IV

Director :Gerima, Haile
Screenplay:Gerima, Haile
Cinematography:Cubano, Augustin
Editing:Gerima, Haile
Music:White, David J.
Cast:Duah, Alexandra
 Ghanaba, Kofi
 Medley, Nick
 Ogunlano, Oyafunmike
Producer:Gerima, Haile
Production company:Channel Four Films
 Ghana National Commission on Culture
 Norddeutscher Rundfunk
 Westdeutscher Rundfunk
 Negod-Gwad Productions


Sankofa is an Akan word that means, "We must go back and reclaim our past so we can move forward; so we understand why and how we came to be who we are today." Written, directed and produced by Ethiopian-born filmmaker Haile Gerima, Sankofa is a powerful film about Maafa - the African "holocaust". Done from an African/African-American perspective, this story is a vastly different one from the generally distorted representations of African people that Hollywood gives us. This revolutionary feature film connects enslaved black people with their African past and culture. It empowers Black people on the screen by showing how African peoples desire for freedommade them resist, fight back, and conspire against their enslavers, overseers and collective past through the vision on Mona, who visits her ancestral experience on a new world plantation as Shola. We share the life she endures as a slave and experiences her growing consciousness and transformation. (Mypheduh Films)


Der Film wurde 1993 beim panafrikanischen Filmfestival in Burkina Faso als bester Film ausgezeichnet und gewann im selben Jahr beim Filmfestival in Mailand den großen Preis.