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Author: Alvaro Toepke; Angel Serrano; Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor; California Newsreel (Firm)
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : California Newsreel, 1998.
Series: Library of African cinema (Videocassette)
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape   Visual material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The film tells an amazing scholarly detective story reaching across hundreds of years and thousands of miles from 18th century Sierra Leone to the Gullah people of present-day Georgia. It recounts the even more remarkable saga of how African Americans has retained links with their African past through the horrors of the middle passage, slavery and segregation. The film dramatically demonstrates the contribution of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Videotapes
Documentary films
Historical films
Nonfiction films
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Alvaro Toepke; Angel Serrano; Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor; California Newsreel (Firm)
OCLC Number: 41180389
Language Note: In English and Mende, with English subtitles.
Credits: Producer/Directors, Alvaro Toepke and Angel Serrano; written by Alvaro Toepke; narrator, Vertamae Grosvener.
Performer(s): Narrated by Verlamao Grosvenor.
Description: 1 videocassette (53 min.) : sound, color ; 1/2 in.
Details: VHS.
Series Title: Library of African cinema (Videocassette)
Other Titles: Story of a Mende song
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The film tells an amazing scholarly detective story reaching across hundreds of years and thousands of miles from 18th century Sierra Leone to the Gullah people of present-day Georgia. It recounts the even more remarkable saga of how African Americans has retained links with their African past through the horrors of the middle passage, slavery and segregation. The film dramatically demonstrates the contribution of contemporary scholarship to restoring what narrator Vertamae Grosvenor calls the "non-history imposed on Africa Americans: This is a story of memory, how the memory of a family was pieced together through a song with legendary powers to connect those who sang it with their roots."

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The Language You Cry In

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This film, narrated by Vertamae Grosvenor, is about the non-history of African-American men and women, and how a song was the catalyst to uncovering the African heritage of one African-American family. In 1931, a musicologist in Georgia discovered the longest text/song in the African language still...
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