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Who Needs a Heart

Directed by John Akomfrah
United Kingdom, 1991


Documentary footage and the drama of a group of friends caught up in the metamorphoses of the 1960’s British Black Power movement’s central figure, Michael Abdul Malik, the countercultural anti-hero, activist and charismatic social bandit, formerly known as Michael X.

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Who Needs a Heart Directed by John Akomfrah

Critics reviews

Trevor Mathison’s sound design is to the fore, with music largely standing in for dialogue. His interweaving of jazz into the narrative is particularly effective, and seems to pose the question: why imagine words when the squawking, feral horns of Eric Dolphy, Albert Ayler, or Ornette Coleman evoke the pain, paranoia, and unresolved tension of the characters and the era well enough?
March 03, 2014
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