“Against the urgency of people dying in the streets, what in God’s name is the point of cultural studies?…At that point, I think anybody who is into cultural studies seriously as an intellectual practice, must feel, on their pulse, its ephemerality, its insubstantiality, how little it registers, how little we’ve been able to change anything or get anybody to do anything. If you don’t feel that as one tension in the work that you are doing, theory has let you off the hook.”
– Stuart Hall
Tonight the Harvard Film Archive welcomes filmmaker and cultural theorist John Akomfrah, co-founder of the Black Audio Film Collective, to screen his 2013 documentary THE STUART HALL PROJECT. Through the use of stock footage, family photos, TV clips, interviews, and the evocative music of Miles Davis; Akomfrah weaves together hundreds of hours of archival footage of recently passed Kingston-born intellectual Stuart Hall, founder of the New Left Review, creating an intricate portrait of one of the founding figures of post-colonial studies, as well as a history of the subject itself. Join John Akomfrah for a Q&A following the screening!
7pm // 103 minutes // $12 Special Event Tickets
Harvard Film Archive
24 Quincy St.