What Lurks Beneath

“A Struggle for Dignity” Film & Lecture Series Discusses the History of Slavery and Emancipation at the Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center September 15

By Annamarya Scaccia

sankofaWhether we are aware of it or not, the past is always with us.

It defines us, our culture and our society. It influences our actions and inactions—always lurking beneath every word and every movement. And no matter how convinced we are that we’ve evolved passed the ills of our history, we are still tied to them—no matter which side we fall on.

That’s why the “A Struggle for Dignity” Film & Lecture Series is important in understanding and connecting with the past. Inspired by Curtis Woody’s art exhibit of the same, the series uses movies and thoughtful dialogue to learn “the legacy of slavery and emancipation” throughout Prince George’s County and other African Diaspora locations. It is presented by Prince George’s African American Museum & Cultural Center (PGAAMCC) and the Creative Edge Studio of Prince George’s.

On Saturday, September 15, the “A Struggle for Dignity” Film & Lecture Series will feature the 1993 Burkinabé drama,Sankofa, and will discuss the effects of the past on African-American history and culture. The free event will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at PGAAMCC’s administrative office, 4519 Rhode Island Avenue in North Brentwood.

Directed by Haile Gerima, Sankofa tells the story of American model Mona who, while on a film shoot in Ghana, is transported to the past of the American South, and experiences the abuse and oppression faced by Shola, a plantation house servant, as well as her fight for freedom. Once back in the present, Mona is intensely aware of her African ancestry.

For more information, visit http://pgaamcc.org/.

“A Struggle for Dignity” Film & Lecture Series: Sankofa

Saturday, September 15

2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Free

PGAAMCC (Admin Office)

4519 Rhode Island Avenue,

North Brentwood, MD 20722


Photo: Scene from “Sankofa”
Published on Prince George’s Suite – Tuesday, September 4, 2012
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