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May 29, 1995 | KRISTINE McKENNA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ethiopian filmmaker Haile Gerima's "Sankofa," the story of a black woman who is transported through time to experience the horrors of slavery, is opening to rave reviews. Times reviewer Kevin Thomas hails the film, which opened May 12 at the United Artists Del Amo in Torrance and the United Artists Cinema in Marina del Rey, as "a powerful indictment of slavery that summons up ancient African beliefs."
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May 29, 1995 | KRISTINE McKENNA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ethiopian filmmaker Haile Gerima's "Sankofa," the story of a black woman who is transported through time to experience the horrors of slavery, is opening to rave reviews. Times reviewer Kevin Thomas hails the film, which opened May 12 at the United Artists Del Amo in Torrance and the United Artists Cinema in Marina del Rey, as "a powerful indictment of slavery that summons up ancient African beliefs."
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May 12, 1995 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Haile Gerima's sweeping, powerful "Sankofa," which in the African language of Akan means returning to the past in order to go forward, opens in the Cape Coast Castle in Ghana, an ancient fortress where slaves bound for America were kept in chains. While a group of tourists visit the site, a photographer snaps away at a beautiful African fashion model named Mona (Oyafunmike Ogunlano).
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May 12, 1995 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Haile Gerima's sweeping, powerful "Sankofa," which in the African language of Akan means returning to the past in order to go forward, opens in the Cape Coast Castle in Ghana, an ancient fortress where slaves bound for America were kept in chains. While a group of tourists visit the site, a photographer snaps away at a beautiful African fashion model named Mona (Oyafunmike Ogunlano).
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August 25, 1993
The second annual Pan African Film Festival, the nation's largest black international film festival, will held Oct. 7-15 at the Sunset 5 at Sunset and Crescent Heights boulevards in West Hollywood. Among the films already lined up is "Simeon," the latest film by Euzhan Palcy, director of "Sugar Cane Alley" and "Dry White Season."
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October 3, 2011
In the director's chair Here's a look at three talents from the "L.A. Rebellion" period: Julie Dash Dash is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her feature "Daughters of the Dust," which is part of the Library of Congress' National Film Registry. Charles Burnett The director's lauded first full-length feature, 1977's "Killer of Sheep," was written as his UCLA master's thesis. Haile Gerima The Ethiopian-born Gerima took his 1993 film "Sankofa" to 35 different cities himself when he couldn't find a distributor.
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June 18, 1993 | Peter Rainer, Compiled by Michael Wilmington
F ollowing are The Times' recommendations for today's schedule of the American Film Institute International Film Festival, with commentary by the film reviewing staff. All screenings , unless otherwise noted, are at Laemmle's Sunset 5, 800 Sunset Blvd. Information: (213) 466-1767. Recommended: "SANKOFA"(U.S./Germany/Ghana/Burkina Faso; Haile Gerima; 9 p.m., Director's Guild of America).
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September 24, 2010 | By Michael OrdoƱa
Haile Gerima's "Teza" throws you in the deep end and cares little if you swim. The scope of its events is epic; its perception epically narrow. It's a fragmented view of about 20 years of extremely turbulent times in Ethiopia, as seen through the eyes of a seemingly anhedonic intellectual who spends much of the film out of the country. For Americans who have paid little attention to the terrible undulations of power and seemingly endless civil war in countries such as Ethiopia, much of the strife in the film will be only vaguely understood: Marxist idealists abroad celebrate the overthrow of Emperor Haile Selassie in 1974, only to find the brave new world to be full of chaos and brutality.
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August 6, 1990 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Charles Burnett's astonishing "Killer of Sheep" opens a weeklong series of films commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Watts riots tonight at 6 at Keck Auditorium of Drew University in Watts. The 1978 film is a beautiful and anguished documentary-like account of several days in the life of an L.A. slaughterhouse worker (wonderfully played by Henry Gayle-Sanders) and his family.
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April 17, 1989 | KEVIN THOMAS, Times Staff Writer
"Celebrating Intimacy: James Broughton and Joel Singer," tonight's presentation at LACE at 8, includes films that Broughton, the pioneer avant-garde San Francisco film maker, made with Singer and several before their collaboration began over a decade ago. Broughton is a master at celebrating the body and the spirit in a harmonic blend of poetic words and images, and his work defines that which is erotic rather than pornographic. His films with Singer reveal a broader, deeper perspective with their concern for ritual and nature.
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November 20, 2003 | Manohla Dargis
A longtime admirer of Stan Brakhage, I knew nothing of the filmmaker's Hollywood interlude until checking in with University of Southern California film professor David James. A leading theorist and historian of alternative cinematic practices, James recently completed a study of non-studio filmmaking called "The Most Typical Avant-Garde: History and Geography of Minor Cinemas in Los Angeles."
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November 11, 2007 | Dennis Lim, Special to The Times
For much of his three-decade career, Charles Burnett has been championed as an unheralded master by the relatively few who've seen his films. He works infrequently, and many of his movies have suffered some combination of producer interference and marketing negligence. Before the long-overdue release this year of his debut feature, "Killer of Sheep," this pioneer of socially and politically conscious African American cinema was best known for being somewhat unknown.
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