ARRAY Releasing debuted the official trailer for the 4K restoration of Ethiopian filmmaker Haile Gerima’s groundbreaking 1993 film, Sankofa. The film will be re-released by ARRAY on September 24, 2021 in the United States, Canada, UK, Australia, and New Zealand on Netflix.
Sankofa follows Mona (Oyafunmike Ogunlano), a Black American fashion model on a photo shoot in Cape Coast, Ghana. Through Mr. Gerima’s imaginative storytelling, she undergoes a journey back in time to a plantation in North America. There she becomes Shola, an enslaved African woman who labors in the master’s house and experiences the horrors of slavery firsthand. In becoming Shola, Mona recovers and confronts her ancestral identity and experience. While enduring monstrous trauma at the hands of white men who owned people for profit, Shola’s interactions with her fellow enslaved Africans are rich with humanity, respect and dignity for one another. Most notably, she connects with Shango (Mutabaruka), a rebellious African man who toils in the fields, and Nunu (Alexandra Duah), one of the few of the enslaved to remember her life in Africa before being stolen and terrorized by European traders.
Watch the official trailer for the the 4K restoration of Sankofa.