Since '98

Founded by Shirikiana and Haile Gerima and named after the internationally acclaimed film SANKOFA they produced. It's symbol, the Sankofa Bird, looks backward constantly checking as she moves into the future.


Sankofa Video, Books & Cafe is liberated territory that hopes to be a place where thoughtful consideration of the past and future can take place via books, films, and programming particularly generated by and about people of African Descent.


Video· Books · Cafe

A sanctuary for Pan-African culture

since '98.

New Arrivals



Our operating hours have temporarily changed due to covid 19 

Our doors are closed, but our hearts are still open, anticipating the day we can all enjoy the Sankofa Space again!  Until then, let's meet online* to read, think, talk about books and movies,  and be healthier and even greater than we were before this pandemic started.   

(202) 234-4755 Store | (202) 588-7061 Cafe

2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA

©2021 Sankofa Video Books & Cafe

Design and Photography of Sankofa by melkETsadek