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The Last Angel of History (1996)

Framed by the fictional story of the "data thief", this hybrid documentary takes a look at the origins, impact and significance of Afrofuturism and techno music for the black diaspora.

Director:

John Akomfrah

Writer:

Edward George
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Cast

Credited cast:
George Clinton ... Himself
Kodwo Eshun Kodwo Eshun ... Himself
Edward George Edward George ... Data Thief
Goldie ... Himself
Bernard A. Harris Jr. Bernard A. Harris Jr. ... Himself (as Dr. Bernard A. Harris Jr.)
Derrick May Derrick May ... Himself
Nichelle Nichols ... Herself
Ishmael Reed Ishmael Reed ... Himself
DJ Spooky ... Himself
Greg Tate Greg Tate ... Himself
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Framed by the fictional story of the "data thief", this hybrid documentary takes a look at the origins, impact and significance of Afrofuturism and techno music for the black diaspora.

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Country:

UK | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 1996 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Der letzte Engel der Geschichte See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Soundtracks

Interplanetary Music
Written by Sun Ra (uncredited)
Performed by Sun Ra
Courtesy of Evidence Music
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Dot Con spin off
18 March 2003 | by ZeechSee all my reviews

I saw this in 2003, but it dates 1995. That was the dot com boom era, I know and was in New York and couldn't leave coz my phone and email box were ramed with jobs every week - it was madness and the gold rush posse included many 'artists' looking for a new cyber angle to sell their s**t..

I consulted a lot for 'visual artists' who were usually film guys looking for a new spin to get bucks to put thier ideas up. That's me, now this film is intersting coz it's from the UK, London who were behind NY in the cyber media buzz. Now most of the interviews are with Americans P.Funk, Tate, Delaney etc. This poses the problem how do you make a documentary interesting when it is full with folks who already have been interviewed tons of times, who already have bodies of work out there?

Well these guys put in this Cyber detective character myth, that doesnot make much sense. My mate said it didn't need to coz it's Sci Fi, but I don't buy that. My mate like that spin, I said it was a cheezy attempt to make lame music doc. interesting by adding a sci fi tinge to it. Check it for yourselfs. At the very least it's a one off, not many black made cyber docs with P. Funk in the mix that I know of from Europe. PS: I just know the germans went crazy for rubbish like this, they went for David Hasselhoff


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