john akomfrah born in ghana in 1957 and educated in england from a young age, john akomfrah has become a cinematic counterpart to such commentators of and contributors to the culture of the black diaspora as stuart hall, paul gilroy, greg tate and henry louis gates. in doing so, he has continued to mine the audiovisual archive of the 20th century, re-contextualizing these images not only by selecting and juxtaposing them but also through the addition of eloquent and allusive text. he is a co-founder of black audio film collective. since 1999 akomfrah has been working on his own. but his films are based on found footage arranged to create cinematic poetry and then use this poetry to tell history afresh.