Film screening with introduction

• Sat 29 09 2018 •
The Stuart Hall Project – Revolution, Politics, Culture and the New Left Experience John Akomfrah


Venue: Filmforum im Museum Ludwig, Bischofsgartenstraße 1, 50667 Cologne
96', in English

With an introduction in German by AURORA RODONÒ

In cooperation with Internationale Filmschule Köln

How can we experience history in the present? How is knowledge of history documented and transmitted? Director JOHN AKOMFRAH distils hundreds of hours of archived material into a remarkable film on the life and work of British sociologist Stuart Hall, who, until his death in 2014, was considered one of the most important intellectuals of his time. With the help of original sound and historical images, which he skilfully weaves together, Akomfrah brings us in proximity to the intellectual world of the co-founder of Cultural Studies and the pioneer of the New Left.

The Stuart Hall Project revolves around politics, history and revolution, the unrest and upheaval in the late 20th and early 21st centuries ‒ but also around music. “When I was about 19 or 20, Miles Davis put his finger on my soul”, Hall says in the film, and the jazz of the legendary trumpet player and composer also lends structure to Akomfrah’s cinematic essay. Out of sounds and visuals a portrait of a theoretician and political activist gradually emerges, which reaches back to colonial Jamaica, where even as a child, Hall was confronted by the segregating mechanisms of race and class. Akomfrah succeeds in creating a stirring film homage out of found footage, which reflects both the methods of and the potential for remembering. An introduction by scholar and dramaturge AURORA RODONÒ precedes the screening.