John Akomfrah Presents...
Four screenings that have inspired the work and world view of the artist John Akomfrah, in complement to his exhibition Purple, in the Curve.
“Many films have influenced my work and life over the years, and some have had special significance. I am delighted to have this opportunity to present some of the films, by filmmakers who emerged as key figures of world cinema, that have had an indelible impact on my view of the world, and have inspired and shaped the direction of my work…” John Akomfrah
We're delighted to host the incredible, multi-director war documentary Far from Vietnam; Francesco Rosi's masterful crime story Salvatore Giuliano; Cuban landmark political drama Memories of Underdevelopment; and restoration of the Egyptian classic The Night of Counting the Years (aka The Mummy).
Far from Vietnam (15)
Produced in the midst of the Vietnam War by some of French cinema’s finest auteurs, this film is one of the most powerful works of cinematic protest ever made.
Salvatore Giuliano (12A)
5 July 1950. Salvatore Giuliano, Italy’s most wanted criminal and celebrated hero, is found shot dead in a sun-baked courtyard. Who killed him, why, and who was he really?
Memories of Underdevelopment (15)
This landmark political film shows Cuba at a critical moment in its history, and offers an insightful reflection on what it’s like to be an outsider at a time of change.
The Night of Counting the Years (aka The Mummy) (15*)
Presented here in a digital restoration by Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation, this Egyptian classic was recently voted the greatest ever movie from the Arab world.
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