Movies like Sankofa

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Sankofa (1993)
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Sankofa (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Ghana, Burkina Faso, UK, Germany, Ethiopia
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A self-absorbed Black American fashion model on a photo shoot in Africa is spiritually transported back to a plantation in the West Indies where she experiences first-hand the physical and psychic horrors of chattel slavery, and eventually the redemptive power of community and rebellion as she becomes a member of a freedom-seeking Maroon colony.
Style: thought provoking, serious, captivating, realistic, disturbing
Plot: fashion, interracial relations, murder, clergy, religions or cults, self discovery, discrimination, society, americana, sexual abuse, slavery, freedom, rape, model, female nudity, slave, church, baby, motherhood, memory, african, romantic obsession, plantation, s&m, religious fanaticism ...
Time: 90s
Place: africa, west indies

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, thought provoking and captivating films with plots about society, life is a bitch, interracial relations, racism, injustice, murder and family relations mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Sankofa: Adanggaman (2000), Morning Dew (2008), Blood Done Sign My Name (2010), The Kitchen Toto (1987), Freedom Song (2000). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Adanggaman (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Switzerland, Côte d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Italy
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In West Africa during the late 17th century, King Adanggaman leads a war against his neighboring tribes, ordering his soldiers to torch enemy villages, kill the elderly and capture the healthy tribesmen to sell to the European slave traders. When ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, serious, thought provoking, tense ...
Plot: slave trade, heroes, social differences, heroic mission, injustice, society, politics, state affairs, village, mother son relationship, village life, interracial relations ...
Time: 17th century
Place: africa, europe, france, west africa
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95%
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Morning Dew (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ethiopia, Germany, France
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The Ethiopian intellectual Anberber returns to his native country during the repressive totalitarian regime of Haile Mariam Mengistu and the recognition of his own displacement and powerlessness at the dissolution of his people's humanity and ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, rough
Plot: friendship, village, revolution, haunted by the past, idealism, political unrest, society, rebellion, state affairs, medical school, rich and poor, socialist ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: ethiopia, africa, europe, germany, west berlin west germany ...
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Blood Done Sign My Name (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A drama based on the true story in which a black Vietnam-era veteran is allegedly murdered by a local white businessman who is later exonerated. The plot focuses on the role of a local high school teacher and the civil unrest that followed the ...
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, murder, social differences, crimes, injustice, social decay, introspection, discrimination, society, life is a bitch, small town, small town life ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: north carolina, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
The Kitchen Toto (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The son of a priest slain by the Mau Mau moves in with a police officer and his wife in 1950 Kenya.
Style: sincere, disturbing, biting, thought provoking, suspense ...
Plot: political unrest, racism, social differences, family life, life is a bitch, discrimination, interracial relations, moral dilemma, culture clash, power relations, family relations, family problems ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: kenya, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
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Freedom Song (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Freedom Song (2000) is a made-for-TV film based on true stories of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi in the 1960s. It tells the story of the struggle of African Americans to register to vote in the fictional town of Quinlan. In the midst of ...
Style: sincere, thought provoking, captivating, emotional, serious ...
Plot: racism, fighting the system, interracial relations, life is a bitch, rebellion, americana, teenage life, parents and children, hopes, society, politics, discrimination ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa
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81%
The Errand of Angels (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Sister Rachel Taylor of Boise, Idaho is an eager young missionary of the LDS Church who has been sent on an 18-month long mission to Austria. Rachel finds herself having a hard time adjusting to her new cultural surroundings in the foreign country. ...
Style: realistic, contemplative, psychological, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: self discovery, society, clergy, religions or cults, church, hopes, missionary, love, friendship, siblings relations, miraculous event, innocence lost ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: austria, usa, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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Kin (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Africa, UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: While on a hunt for elephant poachers in Namibia, a white female conservationist and a black lawyer fall for each other despite the condemnation by the local community.
Style: sentimental, emotional, captivating, touching, sexual ...
Plot: interracial relations, fall in love, danger, society, isolation, love, bigotry, poaching, animal life, environmentalism, misfit, siblings relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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The 19th Wife (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Fundamentalist sect member BeckyLyn is accused of killing her husband. Queenie, another wife in the polygamist sect, doesn't believe BeckyLyn is capable of such violence and desperate to prove her innocence reaches out to her excommunicated son ...
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: false accusation, murder, righting the wronged, society, estrangement, church, religions or cults, uncover truth, deadly, law enforcement, protagonist as suspect, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, utah
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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10,000 Black Men Named George (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In the 1920s, the rights of American workers to join a labor union was still considered an open question, and African-Americans were routinely denied their civil and economic rights. 10,000 Black Men Named George, the title, refers to the fact ...
Style: disturbing, captivating, thought provoking, tense, serious ...
Plot: interracial relations, labor union, injustice, rise to the top, ambition, fighting the system, rebellion, society, social decay, discrimination, racism, price of justice ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20s, 30s
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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Dust (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A South African spinster (Jane Birkin) murders her father (Trevor Howard) after he rapes the wife of the black foreman for his plantation.
Style: bleak, emotional, atmospheric, realistic, serious ...
Plot: murder, family relations, strong female presence, interracial relations, obsession, sexual abuse, parents and children, boss and employee, farm, power relations, graphic violence, society ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: africa, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 7.2
 505
The Negro (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A black teenager vandalizes a racist lawn ornament.
Style: disturbing, sincere, serious, tense, thought provoking ...
Plot: racism, police investigation, uncover truth, interracial relations, crimes, life is a bitch, law enforcement, society, murder, vandalism, violence, countryside ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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 5K
Disgrace (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia, South Africa
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Disgrace is the story of a South African professor of English who loses everything: his reputation, his job, his peace of mind, his good looks, his dreams of artistic success, and finally even his ability to protect his cherished daughter. After ...
Style: psychological, sincere, thought provoking, captivating, rough ...
Plot: forbidden love, racism, love affair, interracial relations, power relations, society, isolation, father daughter relationship, gang, beating, violence, rape ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 7.3
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Manderlay (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands, France, Germany, UK, Italy, USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: In 1933, after leaving Dogville, Grace Margaret Mulligan sees a slave being punished at a cotton farm called Manderlay. Officially slavery is illegal and Grace stands up against the owners of the farm. She stays with some gangsters in Manderlay and ...
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, bleak, psychological, intense ...
Plot: slavery, racism, interracial relations, freedom, social differences, righting the wronged, liberal, society, discrimination, understanding, blacks and whites, injustice ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: alabama, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Older Than America (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The truth of the past come to light in a series of haunting visions in this drama. The strange visions grow more vivid with each passing day, a young woman of Native American heritage begins piecing together a Catholic priests diabolical plot to ...
Style: tense, serious, bleak, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: dishonesty, against humanity, genocide, clergy, haunted by the past, family relations, life is a bitch, deadly, priest, parents and children, society, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Captive Heart: The James Mink Story (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 91 min.
Story: James Mink is a black man in Canada who has built a very successful livery business, and enjoys a white wife and a beautiful daughter, Mary. An excellent match is arranged with an American businessman, but when he takes his new wife Mary across the ...
Style: uplifting, captivating, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: interracial relations, slavery, racism, missing person, family relations, hidden identity, dishonesty, chases and races, society, rescue, parents and children, human spirit ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1850s, 1800s
Place: virginia, usa, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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The Apostle (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Akim, young Muslim will become imam sees his upset when he is touched by the love of Christ ... In a family chaos that opposes his brother identity Akim attempt to be accepted by his family.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, thought provoking, disturbing ...
Plot: self discovery, life turned upside down, introspection, cause and meaning, family in crisis, society, family problems, religions or cults, faith, culture clash, family, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Mandela and de Klerk (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Sidney Poitier and Michael Caine both received Emmy nominations for their performances in this made-for-TV movie. The plot follows Nelson Mandela's 27-year struggle to end apartheid.
Style: emotional, disturbing, sincere, contemplative, realistic ...
Plot: prison, racism, apartheid, discrimination, fighting the system, injustice, congress, righting the wronged, political unrest, false accusation, politics, heroes ...
Time: 60s, 80s, 70s
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Red Hook Summer (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: When his mom deposits him at the Red Hook housing project in Brooklyn to spend the summer with the grandfather he’s never met, young Flik may as well have landed on Mars. Fresh from his cushy life in Atlanta, he’s bored and friendless, and his ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, captivating, tense ...
Plot: family relations, fish out of water, life is a bitch, youth, society, clergy, religions or cults, family life, disorder, church, soul music, city life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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 5.2
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Ladygrey (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium, South Africa
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Estelle fights to maintain her sense of self while sleeping with Angus for money.
Style: tense, serious, realistic, captivating, bleak
Plot: haunted by the past, uncover truth, under the surface, society, life is a bitch, interracial relations, community, social relations, pubic hair, old man, kitten, praying ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Spinning Into Butter (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A hate crime on the campus of a New England college puts the school's dean (Parker) in a position where she has to examine her own feelings about race and prejudice, while maintaining her administration's politically correct policies.
Style: disturbing, realistic, serious, thought provoking, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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61%
Anatomy of a Hate Crime (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: This MTV film dramatizes the horrific hate-crime killing of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard (Cy Carter) in Wyoming. In 1998, Shepard, a gay college student, was savagely beaten by Russell Henderson (Ian Somerhalder) and Aaron McKinney (Brendan ...
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, emotional, controversial, realistic ...
Plot: murder, youth, crimes, life is a bitch, social decay, society, gay slur, hate crime, injustice, coming out, graphic violence, gays and lesbians ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: wyoming, wisconsin
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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Timepiece (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Set in the 1940's, James Earl Jones as an an old clockmaker faces racism and is tried for murder when the racist is killed. However, Kevin Kilner comes forward and claims to have commmitted the crime in self defense. All the while, ...
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking
Plot: racism, family relations, self defense, murder, faith, dishonesty, life is a bitch, society, family life, false accusation, businessman, parent child relationship ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.8
 387
Nightjohn (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Charles Burnett directs this movie about John, a man of many talents, including one forbidden skill: he can read. When he teaches a young slave girl named Sarny to read and write, she learns an unforgettable lesson about the power of words and the ...
Style: sincere, touching, sentimental, emotional, uplifting ...
Plot: fighting the system, reading, literacy, teaching, slave, plantation, racism, self discovery, idealism, americana, against the odds, human spirit ...
Time: 19th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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Color of Justice (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Four young black men kill a white woman, the D.A. is very cautious in how to proceed...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, interracial relations, racism, law enforcement, dedicated lawyer, crime, hotshot lawyer, dishonesty, courtroom drama, society, legal, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.3
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Mothers (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Bulgaria
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Two nine-year-old girls report a flasher to the police even though they never saw him. Three filmmakers meet the only residents of a deserted village - an elderly brother and sister who have not spoken to each other in 16 years. Retired cleaning ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, captivating, thought provoking, psychological ...
Plot: introspection, elderly, murder, rapist, parents and children, society, gender, family relations, crimes, estrangement, deadly, life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, macedonia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Goodbye Uncle Tom (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Two documentary filmmakers go back in time to the pre-Civil War American South, to film the slave trade.
Style: controversial, disturbing, sexual, epic, rough ...
Plot: plantation, injustice, sexual abuse, racism, slavery, cruelty, death, sadism, rape, brutality, captivity, graphic violence ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1850s, 1830s, 20th century ...
Place: mississippi, detroit, mississippi river, memphis, virginia
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50%
Mrs. Worthington's Party (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Father Jonathan Keene - a cold, impatient Catholic priest arrives in a tiny fishing village the week before Christmas to do what he does best: shut down a dying parish...
Style: feel good, serious, realistic, contemplative, touching
Plot: redemption, priest, christmas, clergy, self discovery, introspection, society, cause and meaning, social relations, religions or cults, hopes, small town ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Stories of Our Lives (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Kenya, South Africa
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Created by the members of a Nairobi-based arts collective — who have removed their names from the film for fear of reprisal — this anthology film that dramatizes true-life stories from Kenya’s oppressed LGBTQ community is both a labour of love ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, stylized, contemplative
Plot: life is a bitch, gays and lesbians, society, gender, social misfits, discrimination, misfit, lgbt, vignette
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: kenya, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
A Reason to Believe (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Sorority gal Charlotte's innocence is lost after she is raped during a frat party. Confused, terrified and shunned by her peers, she finds solace and the courage to confront her attacker after she is befriended by the leader of a campus ...
Style: sexual, touching, sincere, disturbing, emotional ...
Plot: friendship, college, rape, frat party, betrayal, life is a bitch, society, youth, looking for sex, student life, self discovery, feminism ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
The Valley of Tears (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Marie, a Canadian editor specialized in testimonies of Genocide survivors, starts to receive anonymous large envelopes with the narrative of Ali, a young Palestinian who grew up in a refugee camp in Lebanon. Intrigued, Marie investigates the origin ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, emotional, thought provoking
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, canada, lebanon
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%