'Django Unchained' isn't the only film about American slavery, but it's close

SANKOFA

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SANKOFA (1993)
A superficial African American fashion model (Oyafunmike Ogunlano) signs up for a photo shoot in Ghana not realizing that the specific location used to be a castle built for the slave trade. Thanks to an encounter with the titular elderly man, she’s magically transported into the life of a house slave in the antebellum South, and witnesses first-hand what it was like to live through slavery, eventually joining a slave rebellion.

Never heard of it? Not surprising. Despite a warm reception at the Berlin Film Festival, writer-director Haile Gerima could not get a single American distributor interested in his film, so he screened the film himself on a road show across the country.

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