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The Language You Cry In: Film Facts

1998, 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
52 minutes, Black and White

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 shows how African Americans have retained powerful links to their African past despite the horrors of the Middle Passage and the long years of 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: “This is a story of memory, how the memory of a family was pieced together through a song with the powers to connect those who sing it with their roots, their silent history.”

Copyright: 1998, Inko Producciones SL. & Taller de Imagen de la Universidad de Alicante S.A.
Filmmaker(s): Angel Serrano, Alvaro Toepka
Produced by: Alvaro Toepke, Angel Serrano
Cinematography: Anibal Landazuri
Editing: Anibal Landazuri, Alvaro Toepke, Angel Serrano
Sound: Miquel Roma
Acknowledgements: Written by Alvaro Toepke. Narrated by Vertamae Grosvenor. Based on research conducted by Joseph Opala, Cynthia Schmidt, and Tazieff Koroma.

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