Documentary Analysis of 'Goree: Door of No Return'
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The documentary Goree: Door of No Return puts the trans-Atlantic slave trade into a greater historical and geographic perspective. The film is set in Goree, an island off the coast of Senegal. Goree is where the "door of no return" was located, and seeing the actual door leaves an indelible image stamped on the viewer's brain. Through this door passed countless men and women who were being bought and sold on the island. Goree was a Portuguese holding for hundreds of years. What is most astonishing about Goree is that the slave warehouse there was only dismantled a hundred and fifty years ago; this is not ancient history. The film reveals the stunning, sunbaked atmosphere of the West African coast and also captures the languid pace of life. The viewer wonders how such brutality ever could have taken place here, especially when the palm trees sway gently in the breezes and we learn about the complex, ancient, and "highly structured civilizations" that once thrived along the West coast of Africa.
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