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They Are We

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They are we is the story of a remarkable reunion that takes place 170 or so years after a family was driven apart by the ravages of the transatlantic slave trade. In Central Cuba, proud members of the Gangá-Longobá, a small Afro-Cuban ethnic group, have kept their unique heritage alive. Incredibly, through decades of brutal enslavement, independence wars, and then the denying of all religions after the revolution, they have retained a collection of distinct songs and dances that one of their ancestors brought from Africa as a slave. Each December 17th they still perform them at the San Lazaro ceremony. After a chance discovery while working in West Africa, director Emma Christopher spent two years showing a film of the Gangá-Longobá songs and dances to several thousand people acros [...]
DVD
2015; 2013
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Language You Cry in: The Story of a Mende Song

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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.
VHS
1998