John Akomfrah's "The Nine Muses" Gets Limited Theatrical Release

by Tambay A. Obenson
August 1, 2011 5:17 AM
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The Nine Muses, the latest offering from award-winning Ghanaian-born Brit director, John Akomfrah's, will get a 1 week theatrical run here in New York City at the theaters at the Museum Of Modern Art.

New Yorkers will be able to see the film, which made its stateside debut at this year's Sundance Film Festival, when it runs at MoMA from October 6 - October 12.

While I was at Sundance, I didn't get to see the film, but, thankfully, MsWOO did when it debuted at the London Film Festival in the fall of 2010, and she discussed and reviewed it on the old S&A site HERE.

The experimental film is described as "an allegorical fable divided into overlapping musical chapters, this film 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... 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.

I plan to see The Nine Muses for myself when it opens in NYC in October, and will share my thoughts afterward. Will it travel to other cities? I have no info on whether it will at the moment.

Watch its enigmatic trailer below:


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  • urbanauteur | August 2, 2011 5:20 AMReply

    Him along with co-founder-Reese Augustee had sent me some great stuff back in the day in their old newsletter(black audio collective ANd Cedo-another black brit film collective,check `em out, in fact i still have/cherish those tomes wow,talk about memery lane;)

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