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Art21: John Akomfrah - Best Short Documentary Honorable Mention

Documentary 16m 2021

Since the early 1980s, the groundbreaking filmmaker John Akomfrah has created enormous, multi-channel video installations that blend archival and original footage and audio. His epic works ambitiously connect the global legacies of slavery and colonialism to environmental degradation and his personal biography. While visiting the Tate Britain, Akomfrah recounts his artistic beginnings, from his fascination with the British Romantic painters John Constable and J.M.W. Turner to his co-founding of the Black Audio Film Collective. Shown shooting a new film on location in the state of Louisiana and editing footage in his studio in East London, Akomfrah explains, “I’m more choreographer than creator.”


Ian Forster


Tina Kukielski


Nick Ravich




United Kingdom