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UK, 1989 (MIFF 1992, Documentaries)

Director: Reece Auguiste

Twilight City won the MFF's Grand Prix for Best Short Film in 1989. Due to airline delays, however, the print was never screened (only a video was available), making this a much-welcomed addition to the Festival, which this year celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Short Film Awards.

In Twilight City a Sunless-like device has been combined with interpretative commentary from a series of documentary characters to con­struct a vision of present-day London. The nar­rative device is an extraordinary poetic letter, which is read over present-day and archival footage, cut with a 'musical' sensibility — visu­al themes are elaborated in ways that allow audiences a 'speculative' reading, cued in vari­ous ways by the 'fiction' and non-fiction com­mentaries. This is a beautiful and intelligent treatment raising questions of empire and the city, racism and politics, identity and memory.

BAFC founder and Twilight City co-scriptwriter John Akomfrah is a Festival guest and will introduce the screening.

see also: Mysteries Of July, Wlto Needs A Heart

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