Mnemosyne showing at The Public, West Bromwich 13 Jan to 7 March 2010


MACE are proud to have supplied material to Black Audio Film Collective artist John Akomfrah’s critically acclaimed film on migration and memory, Mnemosyne, which is being screened at The Public, West Bromwich until 7th March.

The film was made for the BBC’s Made in England, a project dedicated to exploring how England – the place and the people – is expressed through art.

Director, Ken Russell writes in The Times, that Mnemosyne is ‘a mind-blowing film that merges documentary and artistic essay in a way that astonishes, confounds and moves.’

Mr Akomfrah was given access to the BBC Archives as well as drawing material from MACE and the Birmingham Central Library. The footage he has used from MACE’s collections is:

[Midlands News: 04.08.1958: Black Convention March]

[Midlands News: 01.08.1962: Vox Pops on Dudley Race Riots]

[Midlands News: 07.01.1959: Snowy weather]

[Midlands News: 20.12.1960: Snow scene]

[ATV Today: 09.04.1973: Freak snow storms]

[Midlands News: 27.10.1959: Storm damage in the Midlands]

[Midlands News: 22.01.1958: Snow in Birmingham outside TV Theatre]

[Midlands News: 07.06.1962: Nigerian royalty at Snow Hill]

[Midlands News: 27.04.1961: Coventry’s slums]

[Midlands News: 25.01.1960: Flooding at Kidderminster, Hereford and Birmingham]

[ATV Today 13/01/1977: Chaotic Weather Conditions]

Living Together (1971)

For further information on the screenings, visit The Public’s Website

Information on John Akomfrah can be found at Smoking Dog Films

To read Ken Russell’s full review in The Times, CLICK HERE.

For more details or to arrange a group screening please call The Public’s reception on 0121 533 7161.

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