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Cinematic Translations: The Work of John Akomfrah


JOHN AKOMFRAH IN CONVERSATION with Cameron Bailey (Artistic Director of TIFF) and Manthia Diawara (NYU) following screening of Seven Songs For Malcolm X
Nov. 28, UTSC, MW 160, 6:00-8:00 PM

John Akomfrah is an artist who helped to originate "New Black British Cinema" in the late 1980s. Akomfrah has produced documentaries, feature films, television, and art installations. His work in all media is renowned for its sensuality of the image, intellectual veracity, and an over-riding concern with the social. Akomfrah is best known for his work with the ground-breaking London-based media workshop Black Audio Film Collective (BAFC) which he co-founded in 1982 with the objectives of addressing issues of Black British identity and developing media forms appropriate to the subject matter. The BAFC provided a medium for artists, writers, and filmmakers to translate their views to the moving image medium. These works produced through the BAFC and later Smoking Dog Films transformed filmmaking, translating migrancy, globalization, and the human experience.

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