The Nine Muses / The Nine Muses

The Nine Muses

Place: Athena keskus
Beginning: 11.08.2012 19:15

Scr: John Akomfrah
DoP: Dewald Aukema
Music: Trevor Mathison
Language: English
Subt: Estonian

UK, Ghana, 2010, 1:32

Director: John Akomfrah

John Akomfrah has created a documentary essay about immigrants of different races who came to Britain after the Second World War. In his film he combines archive material with shots of the Alaskan winter wilderness. Aphorisms from Homer, Shakespeare, and Joyce – as well as from authors of different cultural spheres (e.g. Chinese poet Li Po) – give a new dimension to the contemplative passing images. The soundtrack has a corresponding diversity, with works by Franz Schubert, Lisa Gerrard, and even Indian folk melodies. The individual film chapters are dedicated to the nine Muses, while a determining role is played by their mother Mnemosyne, the personification of memory in Greek mythology.