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Family Across the Sea

Film by Tim Carrier
Produced by Tim Carrier
Cinematographer: Domino Boulware
Sound: Bill Norwood
Editing: Elaine Cooper, Mary Taylor, Tim Carrier
Copyright: 1990, SCETV Commission
57 minutes, Color
Original format: Betacam SP, 1990
Distributor: South Carolina ETV
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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. One woman speaks what many African Americans will feel: "Now, I know that I have really come home."

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