Friday, November 16, 2012
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Free and open to the public. Cash bar.
As part of the 21st Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival, CAM presents The Nine Muses, directed by contemporary artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah.
The Nine Muses
Dir. John Akomfrah
2010, Ghana / United Kingdom, video, color, stereo, English, 94 mins.
Using Homer’s epic poem “The Odyssey” as a narrative reference point, “The Nine Muses” is an essayistic meditation on chance, fate, and redemption. Structured as an allegorical fable set between 1949 and 1970, the film features nine overlapping musical chapters and mixes archival material with original scenes to create a stylized, idiosyncratic retelling of the history of mass migration to postwar Britain. In addition to Homer, “The Nine Muses” employs the writings of a wide range of authors, including Dante Alighieri, Samuel Beckett, James Joyce, John Milton, William Shakespeare, Dylan Thomas, Matsuo Basho, T.S. Eliot, and Li Po. ArtForum asserts that the film “extends, complicates, and enriches the definition of documentary,” and the Observer writes: “‘The Nine Muses’ wraps the viewer in literature, music and archive footage, summoning up a mood rather than a story that reflects on the immigrant experience and the violence of displacement with a majestic grace.”