John Akomfrah, OBE is an English writer, film director, artist, screenwriter and theorist who was born in Accra, Ghana. He made his debut as a director with Handsworth Songs in 1987, a film that went on to win the Grierson Award for Best Documentary of that year. A founder of the Black Audio Film Collective, which was dedicated to exploring issues of Black British identity through film in the 80s and 90s, Akomfrah went on to co-found Smoking Dog Films and to serve as governor for both the British Film Institute and Film London. He has received numerous awards including honorary doctorate degrees from the University of the Arts, London, and Goldsmiths College. In addition he has taught in a number of prestigious universities throughout the world including MIT and Princeton University. His latest film, The Stuart Hall Project, serves as a tribute to the late cultural studies pioneer through a combination of archival material and new footage.