One film of importance that we have definitely been writing about of late is John Akomfrah’s documentary The Stuart Hall Project, about the famous Jamaican/British intellectual and cultural theorist who passed away just last month.
The film made it’s premiere at last year’s Sundance Film Festival and was reviewed for us by Zeba Blay (HERE). The film is more than a simple A to Z documentary, or, as Tambay recently said about it, "Antinuclear campaigner, New Left activist and founding father of Cultural Studies, this documentary interweaves 70 years of Stuart Hall’s film, radio and television appearances, and material from his private archive to document a memorable life and construct a portrait of Britain’s foremost radical intellectual... And it should be fitting that the task has been undertaken by an influential black British artist, lecturer, writer, filmmaker and intellectual, who one could also described as radical in his own right - as well as a founder of the Black Audio Film Collective, with a 20-year-old body of work that is among the most distinctive in the contemporary British art world."
The film has been slowly making its way through the film festival circuit, and now, later this month, it will be screened in Chicago at the Gene Siskel Film Center as part of their ongoing European Union Film Festival.
The film will be screened twice on Friday, March 14 at 6PM, and then again on Weds, March 19, starting at 7:45PM.
Here’s the trailer: