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Home Away from Home
A Sankofa film directed by Maureen Blackwood
England, 1994, 11 minutes, Color, 35mm/DVD
Order No. W99301
A bittersweet drama that unfolds almost without dialogue, this prizewinning short film from Sankofa Film and Video conveys the isolation of immigrant women’s experiences. Miriam lives with her children in a cramped and dreary house near the airport where she works. The planes coming and going overhead remind her of how far removed she is from her rural African roots. Eventually Miriam constructs a beautiful mud hut in her garden, a magical space which takes her away from the loneliness crowding her suburban existence. Although her neighbors are intolerant, her daughter Fumi learns something about the African side of herself.


  • Cannes Film Festival, Critics Week
  • Prized Pieces, Best Short Film
  • Festival Cinema Africano, Milan, Best Short Film
  • Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, Best Short Film
  • Toronto Film Festival

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    “A superbly economical drama.”
    Kay Armatage
    Toronto Film Festival

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