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John Akomfrah

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Friday, February 7th, 2014

New short film: John Akomfrah, Stuart Hall and the film essay

In 2013 I had the opportunity to work with frieze, a UK-based contemporary art and culture magazine. Towards the end of my time at the magazine, I co-produced a film on John Akomfrah, which just went live today (film below). For those of you unfamiliar with Akomfrah’s work, he began his practice as an artist

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Who will make the great Thomas Sankara biopic?

Twenty-six years ago this month, Thomas Sankara was brutally murdered. His biopic is still waiting to be made. A revolutionary leader possessed of a towering intellect and extraordinary magnetism, Sankara had rejected the orthodoxies that still today...

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Review. John Akomfrah’s ‘The Nine Muses’

John Akomfrah’s new film, The Nine Muses, continues the powerful cine-cultural tradition inaugurated by the Black Audio Film Collective in Britain in the early 1980s. Similarly to his earlier films, Akomfrah handles archival footage with a profound...

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

John Akomfrah in New York City

British filmmaker John Akonfrah will be artist-in-residence this Spring at New York University’s Institute of African American Affairs. He is joined by the Ethiopian-American musician Meklit Hadero. The institute has a number of events planned around these...