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5 Netflix Streaming Titles You May Not Know Are Available & May Want To Check Out (10/18/13)

by Tambay A. Obenson
October 18, 2013 4:57 PM
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2 - The Nine Muses, from award-winning Ghanaian-born Brit director, John Akomfrah, is now more accessible than ever before!

The experimental film, a past S&A highlight, is an allegorical fable divided into overlapping musical chapters, and retells the history of mass migration to post-war Britain through the suggestive lens of Homer's epic poem, The Odyssey.

A little background on Akomfrah for those unaware (although his name has come up many times on this blog, most recently for his latest work, The Stuart Hall Project) - originally from Accra, Ghana, Akomfrah moved to the UK as a child. He studied art and sociology in college. At 28, he made his seminal film, Handsworth (1986), about racial and civil strife of 1980s Britain, and has since made 16+ other films, including Seven Songs for Malcolm X (1993), Martin Luther King: Days of Hope (1997) and The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong (1999).

In 1982, he co-founded the Black Audio Film Collective, with the objectives of addressing issues of Black British identity.

If you've never seen a John Akomfrah film, consider this your introduction:

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  • CareyCarey | October 25, 2013 4:57 PMReply

    The Nine Muses... what can I say? Well, for starters.... HEEEELLLLLP!!! 1 English speaking interpretor wanted.

    Are you kidding me, Homer, Shakespeare, Dante, Nietzsche and Emily Dickinson readings were the most prominent voices in this entire movie. Okay, I suppose that's not a bad thing, this is the nine "MUSES"... DUH... but for me, I had to duck because much of it was flying over my head.

    But I hung in there. Waiting patiently for something to grab me, my feet and hands started turning ice cold from watching scene after scene of cold snow-topped mountains in the background of an ice covered fog laden sea. Scene after scene of desolate factories adjacent to dreary row houses did not give me a warm and fuzzy feeling either, neither did the foreboding music; mourning tubas and crying violins.

    But I suppose if one is a super duper "I go crazy" over camera angles, brilliant color images juxtaposed with black and white stills and slow motion action, this movie is a grand affair. Oh, while watching this film and thinking about cutting my wrist, Paul Robeson and Leontyne Price almost pushed me over the edge. I mean, when Robeson started singing "Let My People Go" and Price followed with "Motherless Child" I knew I needed a glass of Kool-Aid to shake me from my depressive state, but I hung in there.

    But now I have to do a little research. Well, as I said, this film was a poetic adventure on an epic scale. So now I have to find out what the hell they were talking about. I mean, for instance, how many daughter did Zeus have? And who is this guy who was suppose to kill his father so he could marry his mother? And please, somebody has to tell me who IS this guy in his mother's womb. I mean, the narrator must have said it 20 times "I AM IN MY MOTHER'S WOMB". I was like, "dude, it's time for you to stop talking and get out of there". But I made it to the end of the film.

  • Man-Over-Bored | October 25, 2013 2:16 PMReply

    Sorry about those multiple posts -- obviously a malfunction (I wasn't trying to over-stress my comment or anything).

  • YOUR TV STEALER | October 19, 2013 3:59 PMReply

    Hawthrone was cool...but she was no Olivia.

    She cheated on Tom...and I can't remember who else was on the show. It was cool while it lasted.

  • deecreative | October 18, 2013 9:08 PMReply

    Def gonna check 'The Nine Muses' I would really like to see the French movie 'Elza' and the movie Alaskaland online

  • Lola | October 18, 2013 8:53 PMReply

    I loved "I Will Follow". I will definitely watch again.

  • TashMoney | October 18, 2013 6:55 PMReply

    thanks for this. it's hard to stay up on everything that's on netflix and I badly want to see A Band Called Death and The Nine Muses.

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