Item Details

The Language You Cry in [videorecording]: The Story of a Mende Song

Alvaro Toepke; Angel Serrano; Toepke, Alvaro; Serrano, Angel (Film Producer); Smart-Grosvenor, Vertamae; California Newsreel (Firm)
Format
Video; VHS
Summary
Traces the history of a burial hymn of the Mende people brought by slaves to the rice plantations of the Southeast coast of the United States more than two hundred years ago. Joe Opala and Cynthia Schmidt discover that the Gullah family have preserved this song for generations in the United States. They travel to a remote Mende village in Sierra Leone where the villagers reenact the burial ritual.
Director
Alvaro Toepke; Angel Serrano
Release Date
1998
Run Time
52 min.
Language
In English and Mende, with English subtitles
Notes
Videocassette release of a 1998 production.
Variant Title
Story of a Mende song
Local Notes
Public Performance rights are included with institutional purchase. (3/19/12)
Series
Library of African Cinema
Library of African Cinema (Videocassette)
Credits
Producer/Directors, Alvaro Toepke and Angel Serrano ; narrator, Vertamae Grosvenor.
Published
San Francisco, CA : California Newsreel, 1998.
Terms of Use
Public performance rights secured.
Related Resources
Internet Movie Database Summary and Reviews
Description
1 videocassette (52 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
VHS format [NTSC]
Technical Details
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