Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Film: John Akomfrah OBE

John Akomfrah OBE is a film-maker and video artist. He was born in Accra and is one of five children of Ghanaian political activists. Akomfrah is best known for being one of the founding members of Black Audio Film Collective, an artist group that addressed issues of Black British identity. Besides making theatrical films, Akomfrah has directed many television programmes, including one about Martin Luther King and another on Louis Armstrong for the BBC. A critic as well as a film-maker, Akomfrah has written widely about African cinema. He has been a member of the Arts Council Film Committee, and is currently a Governor of the British Film Institute. In 2008 he was made an OBE.

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