Sankofa; Slave Rebellion Essay

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Sankofa: Slave Rebellion
Caribbean Politics

Sankofa is an Akan word that means "Go back to your past, to move on to the future." Literally translated it means "it is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot". This movie was written, produced and directed by Haille Gerima, a black professor at Howard University. The movie portrays a black model that goes to modern-day Africa to do a movie shoot with her photographer. While she is there, she encounters a Black African who tells her to return to her past. This man is Sankofa, a self appointed guardian of what used to be the Lafayette plantation. Sankofa is soon escorted off of the grounds by the employed guards. During the course of her trip, she follows a group of tourists into
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Joe was a head slave because he was mulatto. He was also taught the Catholic religion and how to read, these were things that slaves were rarely taught to do. Because Nunu was a field slave and Joe was a head slave they just couldn't get a long. Joe was also taught by the Catholic priest that the other slaves were beneath him.
Nunu and Shango were a part of a rebellious group of slaves that would wear red scarves and meet up late in the night to cause trouble or burn down the sugar cane fields. Shango and Nunu's strength and rebellion began to rub off on a lot of house and field slaves. Shola even ended becoming a field slave after being caught trying to run away to the hills in the middle of the night.
After she experiences the horrible situations that her people had to go through and the ways they were mistreated, she is transported back to her own time. The movie ends with the model realizing what she has just been through; she then recognizes that she had to return to her past in order to move on in the future. People must acknowledge their histories.
Throughout the movie, you see a bird reoccurring; this bird symbolizes Sankofa and freedom. In a scene when Shola had just been beaten by the slave master, Shango gives her a necklace. This necklace had a Sankofa bird on it. After receiving the bird she says, Shango trusted me for the first time. He gave me this handmade bird that he had carved out of wood. He called it a Sankofa bird and he put it round my

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