A Look At John Akomfrah’s Documentary On Afrofuturism “The Last Angel of History”

A Look At John Akomfrah's Documentary On Afrofuturism "The Last Angel of History"

I’ve yet to see this Afrofuturist documentary from British-Ghanaian filmmaker, John Akomfrah; and after watching the snippet below, I really want to.

If you live in London, you’ll have an opportunity to do so this Saturday, the 18th, at a multimedia event that’ll include George Clinton and Nona Hendryx. Details HERE.

Part of the event will be devoted to a rare screening of Akomfrah’s documentary The Last Angel of History , described as “an engaging and poetic examination of the relationships between Pan-African culture, music, science fiction, intergalactic travel, and computer technology.

The 45-minute 1995 documentary features segments with and/or about, in addition to George Clinton, Sun Ra, Derek May, Kodwo Eshun, Nichelle Nichols, DJ Spooky, Goldie and many others.

It’s not readily available; you won’t find it on Netflix, nor Amazon. The distributor, Icarus Films, is selling it on their website for a whopping $298! I’m guessing that’s the educational institution fee; although I didn’t see any other prices levels listed.

Below are the intriguing first 8 minutes:

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Comments

E Forde

UK Readers
Dont dispair I nderstand that 2012 we’ll be seeing a lot of Akomfrah work especially in London.

Robin

Yeah that’s the educational fee, but like so many good works by directors of african descent, that’s the only way to see it. I had to dig through my department’s library when I was in school to see it. Really dug the film once I finally did find it….

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