John Akomfrah Film Screening Series & Talk presented by The Africa Institute, the Sharjah Foundation and the Royal College of Art, London
17 July 2020
The Africa Institute, in collaboration with the Sharjah Art Foundation and the Royal College of Art, London are organizing a screening program focusing on three films by John Akomfrah. The screenings will conclude with a webinar on Tuesday 21 July at 4pm (BST) / 7pm (GST) moderated by Hoor Al-Qasimi, President, Sharjah Art Foundation, with Adrian Lahoud, Dean of the School of Architecture, Royal College of Art, London, UK, Gilane Tawadros, Chief Executive, DACS, and John Akomfrah.
The program includes three of Akomfrah’s films; Handsworth Songs (1986), Martin Luther King and the March on Washington (2013) and The Stuart Hall Project (2013). The films will be made available for audiences as free livestream for four days via The Africa Institute website starting Saturday, July 18, 2020.
This program of screening is driven by the educational mission of the collaborating institutions as a contribution to the understanding, through film and art, of the recent protest movement across the globe against anti-black racism. It also explores the African and Black intellectual traditions through the contributions of specific figures to critical theory and the humanities, such as the American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, and the Black British intellectual Stuart Hall, as in the case of John Akomfrah’s selected films.
Learn more and stream the films via The Africa Institute here.
Image: Still from 'Martin Luther King and the March on Washington' (2013) © Smoking Dogs Films