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Directed by Haile Gerima
Starring Kofi Ghanaba
Oyafunmike Ogunlano
Alexandra Duah
Release date(s) 1993
Running time 124 minutes
Country Burkina Faso / Germany / Ghana / U.S.A. / U.K.
Language English

Sankofa is a 1993 drama film directed by Haile Gerima.



The story follows Mona, a contemporary model, as she is visited by spirits lingering in the Cape Coast Castle in Ghana and travels to the past, where, as a house servant named Shola she is constantly abused by her slave masters. Nunu, an African-born field hand, and Shango, Shola's West Indian love interest, all continuously rebel against the slave system. For Nunu this means direct conflict with her son, a mulatto benefiting from the system as a head slave. Inspired by Nunu and Shango's determination to defy the system, Shola finally chooses to fight back against her masters.


  • Kofi Ghanaba
  • Oyafunmike Ogunlano
  • Alexandra Duah
  • Nick Medley
  • Mutabaruka
  • Afemo Omilami
  • Reggie Carter
  • Mzuri
  • Jimmy Lee Savage
  • Hasinatu Camara
  • Jim Faircloth
  • Stanley Michelson
  • John A. Mason
  • Louise Reid
  • Roger Doctor
  • Alditz McKenzie
  • Chrispan Rigby
  • Maxwell Parris
  • Hossana Ghanaba


The film was nominated for the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1993.

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