Language You Cry In

Director: Alvaro Toepke and Angel Serrano
Countries: Sierra Leone and Spain
Year: 1998
Running Time: 52 min.
Language: English and Mende

The Language You Cry In 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 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 African Americans.

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