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Filmmaker Haile Gerima.

Filmmaker Haile Gerima. He was born in Ethiopia and now lives in America. His latest movie, "Sankofa," which he wrote and directed, is an epic about African-American slavery, from Africans' 18th century journey to America to their struggles for liberation, told for the first time from an African viewpoint. Gerima is a professor of film at Howard University in Washington, DC. Along with "Sankofa," two of his past features, "Harvest: 3,000 Years" and "Ashes and Embers" have won international awards. Recently, the Smithsonian's Museum of African Art showcased his career with a seven-film retrospective. "Sankofa" means "returning to one's roots, recuperating your losses, and moving on," in the Akan language of Ghana.


Other segments from the episode on April 5, 1994

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, April 5, 1994: Interview with Haile Gerima; Interview with Frank Rich; Review of Lol Coxhill's album "The Dunnois Solos."


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