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The Language You Cry In: The Story of a Mende Song . (Library of African Cinema.)

The film tells an amazing scholarly detective story reaching across hundreds of years and thousands of miles from 18th century Sierra Leone to the Gullah people of present-day Georgia. It recounts the even more remarkable saga of how African Americans retained links with their African past through a song, a burial hymn of the Mende people brought by slaves to the rice plantations of the Southeast coast more than two hundred years ago. In English and Mende with English subtitles. 53 min.
web web sites: Description from California Newsreel catalogReviews and articles: Collings, Jane. "The Language You Cry In." The Oral History Review Vol. 28, No. 1 (Winter, 2001), pp. 115-118 Full-text of this article / review is available:Berkeley users only Thomas-Houston, Marilyn M. "The Language You Cry In." American Anthropologist, New Series, Vol. 101, No. 4 (Dec., 1999), pp. 826-828 Full-text of this article / review is available:Berkeley users only