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by John Akomfrah


Twenty years after his departure to the Trojan War, Odysseus still has not returned home. So his son, Telemachus sets off an epic journey in search of his lost father. So begins Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey - the narrative reference point for John Akomfrah’s unusual and genre defying story about chance, fate and redemption. Structured as an allegorical fable and loosely inspired by existential science fiction, The Nine Muses is a stylised, unusual and idiosyncratic retelling of the history of mass migration to post-war Britain through the suggestive lens of the Homeric epic.

international title: The Nine Muses
original title: The Nine Muses
country: United Kingdom, Ghana
year: 2010
genre: documentary
directed by: John Akomfrah
film run: 93'
cinematography by: Dewald Aukema
film editing: Miikka Leskinen
music: Trevor Mathison
producer: Lina Gopaul, David Lawson
production: Smoking Dogs Films
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