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The Stuart Hall Project

Raised in Jamaica with Scottish, African and Portuguese Jewish roots, Stuart Hall is a leading cultural theorist, who has used his own heritage and experiences to inform his central argument that external forces continually shape and mould a person's identity. Documentary film-maker John Akomfrah celebrates the life of Hall with a montage of the intellectual's own film, radio, photographic and television archive material set to a soundtrack by his musical hero, Miles Davis. Through these images, Akomfrah paints a vivid portrait of his subject but he also explores how the documentary format has been used over the years to question the notion of identity.