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The Stuart Hall Project

Screening and Discussion with John Akomfrah

Feb 28, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Davis Auditorium, Columbia University: 2960 Broadway at 116th St.
  • John Akomfrah
    The Stuart Hall Project (film still), 2013
    Courtesy Smoking Dog Films

The Stuart Hall Project, a film about the father of cultural studies and social theorist, Stuart Hall (1932-2014), 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 film's director John Akomfrah, The Shadows Took Shape co-curator Naima J. 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 Last Angel of History (1996; on view in The Shadows Took Shape), The Nine Muses (2010), Handsworth Songs (1986) and Seven Songs for Malcolm X (1993), among others.

Organized on the occasion of The Shadows Took Shape at The Studio Museum in Harlem in collaboration with Columbia University School of the Arts, Office of Community Outreach and Education, Institute for Research in African-American Studies and The Studio Museum in Harlem.

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