Sankofa, Part I

 

 Director Statement

Sankofa is an expression in Twi (Akan language of Ghana), which means “to go back and fetch what you forgot”. This film explores the complexities of identity, race and the social repercussions of colonization through a woman who bleaches her skin to be more accepted by society. This ideology is such a pervasive issue in so many societies in the world today, whether it is in the African continent or the Diaspora.

This film seeks to raise awareness on the need to reflect on the past to build a successful future. What would our ancestors think if they saw that we try to change the way we present ourselves to the world? How can we heal the sequels of colonization and slavery and erase their social and psychological repercussions?

This film is not solely about blackness. Wherever we come from in the world, we are constantly bombarded with images of what “beautiful”, “successful” or “good” look like. We all have our insecurities, fears and scars. With this film I aim to encourage others to recognize that we all have a long lineage of beautiful and strong men and women who came before us and stood tall in who they were. We should acknowledge and honor them and hold on to what belongs to us: our story, our pride, our skin.

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