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The theme of becoming African Americans is evoked in Sankofa through the transportation of a Ghanaian fashion model, Mona, to a science fiction transportation to an earlier period in which she finds herself part of a group of Africans about to be transported by ship from the Castle where the film starts out to the American South to be sold as a slave. Her consciousness is that of her real self, a 20th century model, so her realization of becoming an African America will be through the sensibilities of a contemporary woman of privilege, not an unwesternized ethnic native African.
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