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New In Theaters Today - John Akomfrah's "The Nine Muses"

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act October 7, 2011 at 3:35AM

The Nine Muses, the latest offering from award-winning Ghanaian-born Brit director, John Akomfrah's, opened today, beginning a 1-week theatrical run here in New York City at the theaters at the Museum Of Modern Art.
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The Nine Muses, the latest offering from award-winning Ghanaian-born Brit director, John Akomfrah's, opened today, beginning 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, now I'll get my opportunity.

Although MsWOO saw it when the film 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'll share my thoughts after I see it.

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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