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A film about revolution, politics, culture, and the New Left experience, The Stuart Hall Project celebrates a man’s life and work in order to tell a larger story about the 20th century. John Akomfrah combines archival footage, newly filmed material, a soundtrack by Miles Davis, and interviews to create a deeply considered portrait of Hall, one of the most influential theorists in Great Britain and the founder of the Birmingham School of Cultural Studies.
“Stuart Hall was a kind of rock star for us; a pop icon with brains whose very iconic presence on this most public of platforms—television—suggested all manner of ‘impossible possibilities,’" says Akomfrah.
A Ghana-born English filmmaker, Akomfrah has an extensive filmography that explores issues of the African diaspora in aesthetically compelling and intellectually rewarding ways. In 1982, he cofounded the Black Audio Film Collective, which worked to provide diverse and radical voices to the world of British film and video art. He has since served as a governor of both the British Film Institute and Film London, and was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2008 for his services to the film industry. Akomfrah was a Walker artist-in-residence in 1993.