Wednesday, February 23, 2011

John Akomfrah: Nine Muses

The film is one of the bravest films I’ve seen, like a labyrinth turning in and out upon itself as it questions the immigrant experience (which is Akomfrah’s own tale, as an African from Ghana). He looks at the migratory impulse, identity, history and cultural assumptions through the medium of memory’s accompanying song. Mnemosyne’s protagonist is the opposite of the hero of Christopher Nolan’s film Memento (2000), who was an amnesiac with a short-circuiting brain disorder. Our Mnemosyne protagonist remembers everything. What he is can’t be seen in tattoos or with a cursory glance. He is a blue and yellow coat in a white blizzard.

1 comment:

  1. Wow--I want to see this. Thanks for the link Sarah, love the stirring paradise lost recitation as well.