99) Armond White Movie Review of Haile Gerima’s film Sankofa -1994-
“Haile Gerima’s Sankofa matters in ways that other independent films
…such as Tony Brown’s silly The White Girl and Julie Dash’s high-minded Daughters Of The Dust do not. Haile Gerima treats his potential audience–the Black moviegoing public–as an ideal audience, capable of the sophisticated process of recognizing the importance of mythology. He sets up a didactiv premise of a Black Europeanized model (Oyafunmike Ogunlano) doing a fashion shoot in an African slave port, then shifts, with little ceremony, into the drama of slavery. Sankofa’s flashback narrative structures Haile Gerima’s very modern theme: the rediscovery of Black history. Haile Gerima doesn’t…”
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