The Last Angel of History

John Akomfrah

The Last Angel of History, 1995

Special Screening

Special screenings will take place during the exhibition period, dates to be announced

Directed in 1996, The Last Angel of History is a sci-fi documentary-style film looking at Africa, the diaspora, history and memory through the lens of Afrofuturism. Real-life segments include clips from writers, musicians and social commentators as they discuss Black culture, in particular the influence of funk musician George Clinton, with archival video footage and photographs. These are juxtaposed with a fictional story that follows the journey of the ‘Data Thief’, who must travel across time and space, undertaking archaeological digs for fragments of history and technology, and a code that holds the key to his future. Using this science fiction-based approach, the film deals with concepts of Afrofuturism as a metaphor for the displacement of Black culture and roots.

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