The Africana Film Series sponsored by the Frostburg State University African American Studies Program for spring 2002 continues with "Sankofa," from the producer Haile Gerima. The showing is scheduled for Monday, April 22, at 7 p.m. in Lane University Center, the Atkinson Room (Room 201).
Haile Gerima is a film professor at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and a well-known film director and producer within the African Diaspora. Sankofa, an Akan word meaning, "one must return to the past in order to move forward," is the story about the transformation of Mona, a self-possessed African-American woman sent on a spiritual journey in time to experience the pain of slavery and the discovery of her African identity.
"Sankofa" is also an attempt to tell a different story of the slave plantation in the Americas than that told by Eurocentric historians. The film fictionalizes forms of slave resistance that would discount inherited racial stereotypes and would affirm the not so popular view that the slave truly believed in her/his humanity, inherent worth and equality with the slaveholder.
The event is free and open to the public. The next film in the series, "Flame," will be shown on Tuesday, May 14, at 7 p.m., also in the Atkinson Room.
For more information, please contact Jean-Marie Makang, coordinator of African American Studies at FSU at (301) 689-3089. FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.
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