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Sankofa

13TH ANNUAL BRONZELENS FILM FESTIVAL

August 23-28, 2022

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About the Film

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.

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Afemo Omilami

Actor

Afemo Omilami, is an accomplished film, television, and stage actor, with over 40 years in show business. His many film credits include “Sankofa” (as Noble Ali), “Drumline”, “Forrest Gump”, “Fences” and “Glory”, to name a few.

His favorite roles include several on Broadway including “Seven Guitars”, “A Raisin In The Sun”, “The Piano Lesson”, “Fences” and “Miss Evers Boys”. His heart however is in philanthropic work. He serves as Chief Operating Officer of Atlanta based Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless, founded by civil rights activist Reverend Hosea Williams for more than 20 years. He is married to actress Elizabeth Omilami.

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Kevin Sipp

Cultural Curator

Kevin Sipp is the Project Coordinator for Gallery 72, a Municipal Art Space for the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs.. Gallery 72 is dedicated to presenting contemporary art and programs that focus on advancing Atlanta’s art offerings.

He is also a fine artist, independent scholar, and curator. Sipp’s fine art works have appeared in solo and group exhibitions throughout the country and internationally. His foundational aesthetic examines the spiritual, political, social, and historical influence of African derived culture in the world, often making references to African Myth, Afro-Futurism, Cultural Identity, Colonial and Post-Colonial History, past and contemporary music, politics and comics. Kevin’s lectures have inspired audiences at college campuses, festivals and comic book conventions. His poetry has also been featured during the National Black Arts Festival sharing the stage with such luminaries as Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez and the poets of the Nuyorican Cafe.

Dr. Michael Simanga

Dr. Michael Simanga

Arts Activist

Dr. Michael Simanga is an activist cultural worker, artist, educator and scholar. He has written, edited and published fiction, poetry, drama and essays. Simanga has also produced, presented and directed more than 200 artistic projects including plays, exhibitions, concerts, recordings, readings and festivals.

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Dr. Sonya McCoy Wilson

Consultant
ARRAY Learning Companion

Dr. Sonya McCoy-Wilson is an Executive Coach and Consultant. She is a Professor of English and Writing and the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Atlanta Technical. She is a scholar of learning, leadership, organization development, English, and Literature. Dr. McCoy-Wilson’s academic interests are culturally responsive leadership, organization development, adult learning, and transformative professional development. She served as a consultant for the ARRAY digital Learning Companion on Sankofa.

Dr. Karscheik Sims-Alvarado

Dr. Karsheik Sims-Alvarado

Moderator
Historian

Dr. Karcheik Sims-Alvarado is the CEO of Preserve Black Atlanta, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) dedicated to preserving African-American history and culture. She is a former W.E.B. Du Bois Institute Fellow at Harvard University. She served as the civil rights historian and  exhibition consultant for “A Right to Freedom: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr” with the Nobel Prize Museum in Stockholm, Sweden, and as the Historical Advisor and interviewer for TIME Magazine’s AR exhibit, The March, in partnership with actress Viola Davis and the Dr. Martin King, Jr. estate. Dr. Sims-Alvarado is the author of Atlanta and the Civil Rights Movement, 1944-1968. Presently, she is the Oral Historian Consultant for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Historical Park with the National Parks Foundation. She is the Historical Advisor with Hulu on the Coretta Scott King Monument Project, and she serves as Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Afemo Omilami, is an accomplished film, television, and stage actor, with over 40 years in show business. His many film credits include “Sankofa” (as Noble Ali), “Drumline”, “Forrest Gump”, “Fences” and “Glory”, to name a few.

His favorite roles include several on Broadway including “Seven Guitars”, “A Raisin In The Sun”, “The Piano Lesson”, “Fences” and “Miss Evers Boys”. His heart however is in philanthropic work. He serves as Chief Operating Officer of Atlanta based Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless, founded by civil rights activist Reverend Hosea Williams for more than 20 years. He is married to actress Elizabeth Omilami.

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