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Sankofa / Kalayaan

Sankofa / Kalayaan is a dance film that explores the intersection of culture, spirituality, self-determination and reflects on the resilience practices that have been passed down from her ancestors. Inspired by the artists Amenta Abioto and Amanda Gorman, Alyssa embodies the search for revolution and freedom inside one’s self. The Sankofa is a mythical bird from the Akan people of Ghana. The African bird is depicted looking backwards, reaching for an egg to symbolize the importance of “remembering our past to protect our future.” Kalayaan translated from Tagalog, a dialect from the Philippines, means “Freedom”. This work seeks to find an answer to the question, Where do we find freedom in a world where we are tethered?

  • Alyssa Junious
  • Pauline Scully
    Assistant Director
  • Alyssa Junious
  • Pauline Scully
    Director of Photography
  • Alyssa Junious
    Key Cast
  • Edrian Penguino
    Production Assistant
  • Pauline Scully
    Video Editor
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  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 16, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Disco Riot: A Year of DisDANCE
    San Diego
    United States
    March 16, 2021
Director Biography - Alyssa Junious

My name is Alyssa Junious and I am an interdisciplinary storyteller that uses dance, theater, music and film. My work explores themes around the intersection of culture, identity, spirituality and social justice.

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