John Akomfrah film screening—in conversation with Pratap Rughani

John Akomfrah
Screening and ‘in conversation’ with Pratap Rughani
12:00 – 01:00pm Wednesday 20th June 2012
Podium Lecture Theatre, London College of Communication, Elephant and Castle

John Akomfrah is an eminent film-maker and writer and, in 1982, was co-founder of the pioneering Black Audio Film Collective, a group that was central to the burgeoning black film culture in Britain. Since then, the film-maker has gone on to win several awards for his film, television and gallery work, which explores themes of memory, migration, race, history and identity, with landscape as a central metaphor for political and personal discovery.

John will be showing two films The Call of Mist (1998) and The Genome Project (2008) followed by an ‘in conversation’ with the film-maker Pratap Rughani.

Conceived as a “song cycle” in ten distinct but interrelated parts, The Genome Chronicles is organized by music from a variety of genres such as Tibetan chants, Indian Ghazals and post-punk noise pieces. The film uses this montage of sounds to explore overlapping concerns on the ethics of image making, on legacy and inheritance, on the unspoken perils of patrimony and kinship.
—John Akomfrah (2008)

In The Call of Mist (1998) Akomfrah was wondering how is it possible to mourn the death of a loved one in the age of cloning sheep.
—Bérénice Reynaud, Senses of Cinema, 2002

Pratap Rughani is a documentary film director/producer whose work straddles artists’ film practice and broadcast contexts, with commissions for the British Council,  Channel 4 and the BBC. His work is wide-ranging, from investigative to observational  documentary film and photographic practices. He is interested in developing newer forms of inter-cultural documentary film and cultivating pluralized spaces through which deeper understandings of the relationship between ‘self’ and ‘other’ – of ethics and aesthetics – can evolve.  He is course director of MA Documentary Film at LCC.

Space is limited, seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Please RSVP to with the name of the event in the subject line.