A documentary that reflects upon the importance of learning black history in the U.S. in order to shape a better future for our young black citizens, starting with Chicago.
Sankofa, a word in the Twi language of Ghana, means, “Go back and fetch it”. Put simply, it is the practice of going into the past in order to learn from it and reclaim one’s essence. In this sixty-minute documentary, Chicago’s past and present-day black community will be explored and reflected upon, with the aim of inspiring and guiding the next generations of black people living in the city.
With Sankofa, the filmmakers want to start a dialogue with the black community about their future and the ways in which progress can be made. The history of Chicago’s black community is important for young children to learn from, as they may one day be essential in finding solutions for future generations. How important is it for black children to learn their history? Sankofa posits that by knowing their past, these children can open doors towards a better, safe future.
Sankofa Chicago is a sponsored project through FRACTURED ATLAS, a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Sankofa Chicago must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only, and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.