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7 October 2011 (USA) See more »
Part documentary, part personal essay, this experimental film combines archive imagery with the striking wintry landscapes of Alaska to tell the story of immigrant experience coming into the UK from 1960 onwards. | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
John Akomfrah 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John Akomfrah 

Produced by
Lina Gopaul .... producer
David Lawson .... producer
Original Music by
Trevor Mathison 
Cinematography by
Dewald Aukema 
Film Editing by
Miikka Leskinen 
Visual Effects by
Rick McMahon .... compositor
Rick McMahon .... visual effects artist
Editorial Department
Michelle Cort .... digital intermediate technician
Tim Drewett .... digital film technician
M.J. McMahon .... post-production consultant
Andy Richards .... supervising DI conform editor
Katelin Westwood .... data transfer
Other crew
François Kamffer .... di technician

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90 min
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Dolby Digital (RCA Sound System)
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arbitrary, 29 October 2011
Author: phobophob from Austria

John Akofrah tries to combine documentary and personal essay, which sounds promising. He merges archive imagery with beautifully shot - though heavy post produced - wintry landscapes of Alaska to tell the story of immigrants coming into the UK from the 60s onwards. Sadly, what starts out as a promising experiment ends up being a self indulgent, problematic and almost arbitrary combination of found footage, literature and music, each of them of high quality but all of them together boring and hard to bare. Like a cook who thinks combining expensive ingredients automatically will result in a exquisite dish John Akomfrah is wrong. It makes a mess and in the end you are just sad about the useless waste of the high class ingredients.

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