The Nine Muses
DIRECTOR: JOHN AKOMFRAH
Embarking from the starting point of Homer’s The Odyssey, Akomfrah has created an epic of his own, an allegorical tale combining archival and original material to travel between 1949 and 1970 in nine chapter segments, along the way offering a lyric history of mass migration in postwar Britain. Erudite in references and musical in its song cycle form, Akomfrah’s voyage-film values texture as much as text, offering a veritable reinvention of the documentary form in its tactile transmission of history.
Screening in the series Icarus Films at 40.