Akomfrah, John

   b. 1957
   Film-maker
   John Akomfrah is best known for his two films, Seven Songs for Malcolm X (1993) and Last Angel of History (1995), made for Black Audio Film Collective/Channel 4 Films. The former combined documentary and narrative, and was offered in homage to the late African-American civil rights leader. It was a collection of testimonies of those who knew Malcolm X, including his widow Betty Shabazz and the film maker Spike Lee. It won the prize for Best Use of Archive Footage in a Documentary, at the 1993 Chicago Film Festival. The latter was an equally committed film and dealt with interpersonal relationships within the black community.
   MIKE STORRY

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