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Published on Apr 8, 2014
'The Stuart Hall Project' with John Akomfrah Recorded: Feb 28, 2014
'The Stuart Hall Project', a film about the father of cultural studies and social theorist, Stuart Hall, is a stunning record of the massive social and political convulsions of post-colonial Britain. Produced entirely from footage of Hall on British television and radio (alongside archival footage, images from his trips to Jamaica, and the music of Miles Davis), the film offers a moving account of exile, racism, hybridity, violence, and radical struggle—all of which has been the experience of New World black and South Asian émigrés since mid-century.
The screening is followed by a discussion with the director John Akomfrah, The Shadows Took Shape co-curator Naima Keith and scholar Rich Blint.
John Akomfrah, OBE, was a co-founder of the important London-based film body, The Black Audio Film Collective, and now helms Smoking Dog Productions. In partnership with long-time collaborator, Lina Gopaul, Akomfrah has received more than thirty international awards and scores of official film festival selections. Akomfrah's other films include: The March, The Nine Muses, Oil Spill: The Exxon Valdez Disaster, Handsworth Songs, and Seven Songs for Malcolm X, among others.