San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Stuart Hall Project (95mins) followed by a discussion with Professor of Sociology Michael Rustin and Jeremy Corbyn.
Highly acclaimed at this year’s Sundance and Sheffield Documentary festivals, the new film from award-winning documentarian John Akomfrah (The Nine Muses) is a sensitive, emotionally charged portrait of cultural theorist Stuart Hall. A founding figure of contemporary cultural studies – and one of the most inspiring voices of the post-war Left – Stuart Hall’s resounding and ongoing influence on British intellectual life commenced soon after he emigrated from Jamaica in 1951. Combining extensive archival imagery – television excerpts, home movies, family photos – with specially filmed material and a personally mixed Miles Davis soundtrack, Akomfrah’s filmmaking approach matches the agility of Hall’s intellect, its intimate play with memory, identity and scholarly impulse traversing the changing historical landscape of the second half of the 20th century.
Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Corbyn has been MP for Islington for 30 years and is very active both in his constituency and in parliament. He is committed to the needs of the poor and human rights at both a local (ie. affordable housing, benefits, immigration) and an international level (CND, All Party Parliamentary Groups on many subjects). When not cycling around London, Jeremy has a busy international schedule, speaking at human rights and peacekeeping conferences across the globe, including Beijing, Mumbai, New Delhi, Rwanda, UN/Geneva and other parts of Europe. Since September 11th he’s travelled to many countries to speak out against military efforts to solve problems and in favour of negotiation. He continues to argue for the rights of the oppressed, in particular, the Palestinians, Chagos (BIOT), and the Western Saharwi. In November 2013 he won the Gandhi Foundation’s International Peace Award “in recognition of his consistent efforts over a 30-year parliamentary career to uphold the Gandhian values of social justice and non-violence”. Outside his parliamentary commitments he is a trustee and/or patron of a number of local organizations including Rowan Arts and is a passionate advocate of the arts and culture.
Michael Rustin Professor of Sociology at the University of East London, and a founding editor of Soundings. Professor Michael Rustin has been at UEL and its predecessor colleges since 1964. He was Head of Department of Sociology from 1974-88 and Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences from 1991-2001. Michael is a Visiting Professor at the Tavistock Clinic, and an Associate of the British Psychoanalytical Society. He has written widely on psychoanalytic approaches to culture and society.
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Rowan Arts is an Islington based charity founded in 2003. We produce a range of arts and heritage projects, events and activities which bring together people from different backgrounds both ethnic and social. By developing locally generated projects, we facilitate exchanges and experiences that improve lives and deepen sense of place.