How does the film Sankofa address the theme becoming African Americans (compare Sankofa to “Becoming African Americans” in the The Struggle for Freedom, by Carson and Nash)?

Expert Answers
Karyth Cara eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.

Access hundreds of thousands of answers with a free trial.

Start Free Trial
Ask a Question