John Akomfrah is an award winning director whose list of credits include the mesmerising biography The Wonderful World Of Louis Armstrong and a celebratory portrait Martin Luther King – Days Of Hope. His first film Handsworth Songs was awarded the prestigious British Film Institute Grierson Award for Best Documentary Film in 1987.
He has produced a wide range of innovative work which is considered to be some of the most distinctive and exciting to be produced in British film culture over the last 20 years.
John’s feature film work includes the critically acclaimed Testament, a film about African exile set in Ghana. This was followed by Who Needs A Heart, a film set during London’s swinging 1960s. In 1998 John made Speak Like A Child, a story of three old friends with a shared secret of a murderous past. John Akomfrah is a Governor of the British Film Institute.
|2004 Jury Member|