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Family Across the Sea (1990)

About the Film

Family Across the Sea shows how scholars have uncovered the remarkable connections between the Gullah people of South Carolina and the people of Sierra Leone. The ancestors of the Gullah were African slaves brought to the Sea Islands because of their expertise in rice cultivation. Family Across The Sea documents how the Gullahs incorporated many aspects of African culture in the daily life of the plantations. The Gullah language contains over 3,000 words of African origin and resembles the Krio language of Sierra Leone. In the film a group of people from Lowcountry South Carolina visit their ancestors' home country Sierra Leone. One woman speaks what many African Americans will feel: "Now, I know that I have really come home."


For licensing, film rights and permissions, contact Tim Carrier, the distributor South Carolina ETV, or Folkstreams.

Film Details

  • Film by: Tim Carrier
  • Produced by: Tim Carrier
  • Cinematographer: Domino Boulware
  • Sound: Bill Norwood
  • Editor: Elaine Cooper, Mary Taylor, Tim Carrier
  • Other Credits: Narrator: Augusta Baker. Technical supervisors: Monica Upright, John Rich, Skip Beach. Record technicians: Cliff Ott, Mark Slice, Rebecca Wengrow, Kevin Green. Electronic graphics: Dan Greshel. Illustrator: Joe Byrne. Additional music performed by: Benny Gandy, Jr. Recorded by: Woody Freeman. Additional video: Warren Foushee. Production assistants: Kathleen Burns, Adrienne Richards, Amy Fabri. Executive producer: Tom Fowler. SCETV Vice President for Programming: Jesse Bowers. Story consultants: Alpha Bah, Joe Opala, Joko Sengova.
  • Funding: South Carolina Humanities Council--A state program of The National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • Original Format: Betacam SP
  • © 1990, SCETV Commission
  • 57mins, Color
  • Categories:
    Ethnic & Immigrant CulturesFestivals/CustomsAfrican American Culture