Akomfrah is a filmmaker who should be very familar to regular S & A readers, since we have covered him and his film projects several times, including Nine Muses (HERE) and his current project in production Peripeteia (HERE).
As we prevously stated about Akomfrah he is orginally from Accra, Ghana and moved to the UK as a child. He studied art and sociology in college. At 28, he made his seminal film, Handsworth Songs (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).
But even more special is that Akomfrah will be in person himself for the screening of Muses at the Siskel Film Center, and will participate in Q and A after the screening.
Here's the trailer for The Nine Muses: