PULLMAN, Wash. — The Comparative Ethnic Studies Department (CES) at Washington State University launches its annual fall film festival Wednesday (Sept. 17) with a screening and discussion of the film “Sankofa,” a tale of several slaves who were captured after trying to escape. Sankofa is an Akan word that means ‘one must return to the past in order to move forward.”

The program begins at 6 p.m. in Kimbrough 101 on the Pullman campus and will be presented by CES graduate student Kelvin Monroe.

Films for the CES Festival are selected by a committee, which consists of graduate students, lecturers and tenure track CES faculty. Seven films have been selected for the fall festival.

“The film series introduces the campus community to historical and recent films that shed light on the ways in which race; class; gender and sexuality are constructed and deployed with popular culture,” said David Leonard, assistant professor of comparative ethnic studies.

Other films in the series include: 


  • “Hiroshima Maiden,” Sept. 30 — presented by John Steamas
  • “Regret to Inform,” Oct.  8 — presented by Callie Palmer
  • “Skins,” Oct. 21 — presented by David Warner
  • “Set it Off,” Nov. 5 — presented David J. Leonard
  • “Senorita Extraviada,” Nov.18 — Co-sponsored and presented by Mujeres Unidas
  • “Profit and Nothing But,” Dec. 10 — presented by Jesu Estrada 

Following the presentation of “Sankofa” Wednesday at 6 p.m., all screenings will start at 6:30 pm in Kimbrough 101 and will be followed by a discussion.

For more information on the film

For more information on the CES Festival: http://libarts.wsu.edu/cac/film.html