The University of Iowa

Through the Door of No Return – Nov. 4

October 27th, 2010

The next “Slavery in Global Cinema” film series screening will be held Thursday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. in 2520D UCC. It is free and open to the public.

This series from the University of Iowa Obermann Center for Advanced Studies allows audiences to explore the history and meaning of slavery practices through a variety of documentaries, feature-length films and personal accounts by filmmakers.

This week’s film is:

Through the Door of No Return (1997) 80 min. Following her father’s footsteps, the filmmaker journeys to the Elmina Castle, the fortress on the west coast of Ghana where millions of her ancestors were warehoused before being sent out through that last exit into the middle passage of slavery. Called by the voices of her father and other ancestors, the film maker returns to the continent the way her ancestors left, at night, by the water, back through the door of no return. Directed by Shirikiana Aina.

UI professors Elke Stockreiter, Catherine Komisaruk and Leslie Schwalm, all from the UI Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and specialists in the study of slavery, will introduce each film.

For more information, contact Leslie Schwalm at or 319-335-2299.