The Nine Muses

Opening: Sundance, January 2011

94 minutes, Feature Documentary

Director: John Akomfrah

Producers: Lina Gopaul and David Lawson

Structured as an allegorical fable, The Nine Muses is a stylized and idiosyncratic telling of the history of mass migration from Africa, the Caribbean and South Asia to rebuild post-war Britain. This film is a monument to a forgotten generation.

Weaving Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, stunning winter vistas and a vast array of archival material The Nine Muses is divided into nine overlapping musical chapters to create a philosophical rumination on the emigrants experience, the journey and the idea of home.

Devised and scripted from the writings of an array of authors including Dante Alighieri, Samuel Beckett, Emily Dickinson, James Joyce, John Milton, Friedrich Nietzsche, William Shakespeare, Sophocles and Dylan Thomas, The Nine Muses is a cerebral and sensual journey – a mediation on displacement, identity and memory.


Film Festivals

  • Sundance
  • London International Film Festival
  • Sheffield Doc / Fest
  • Venice International Film Festival
  • Dubai International Film Festival
  • Trinidad+Tobago
  • Festival do Rio


  • Musuem of Modern Art

Awards and Nominations

  • Silver Prize: Muhr Asia/Africa Documentary Dubai International Film Festival 2010
  • Honourary Mention for Innovation: Sheffield Doc / Fest 2011