Language You Cry In


Angel Serrano & Alvaro Toepke / Sierra Leone and Spain / 1998 / 52mins / Documentary / English and Mende


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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. About Angel Serrano About Alvaro Toepke