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Augustin E. Cubano


Film Role(s) Year
Ashes & Embers (1982) Ashes & Embers

Nay Charles is an African American Vietnam veteran who no longer fits in, can’t find a job and is ultimately arrested by the police. Like his protagonist, Haile Gerima is both drawn to and skeptical of the black nationalist ideology. Finally, Gerima places his faith in African American youth, a vision of utopia after the grim lessons of contemporary race relations in America.

Cinematographer 1982
Sankofa (1993) Sankofa

Haile Gerima’s American masterpiece has had a transformative impact on audiences. The film follows Mona, an African American model on a fashion shoot in Ghana who undergoes a journey back in time and place to a slave plantation in North America where she becomes Shola, a house slave. Through this process, Mona recovers her lost slave identity and confronts her ancestral experience.

Cinematographer 1993