Open City Documentary Festival

7 – 13 September 2022
in London

Shabaka Hutchings Presents: Slam + Q&A

Location Regent Street Cinema, Director Marc Levin, Country USA, Duration 103, Previous Festivals & Awards Cannes Film Festival 1998 (Winner: Golden Camera), Sundance Film Festival 1998 (Winner: Dramatic - Grand Jury Prize), Toronto International Film Festival 1998, BFI London Film Festival 1998 & more., Date Event has passed

A central figure in the London jazz scene, Shabaka Hutchings is a Mercury Prize nominated British-Barbadian jazz saxophonist, clarinetist and band leader. He leads the bands Sons of Kemet and Shabaka and the Ancestors, and is one third of The Comet Is Coming. Hutchings has also played saxophone with the Sun Ra Arkestra, Floating Points, Mulatu Astatke, Polar Bear, Melt Yourself Down and more. Hutchings has selected Slam (1998), and will be present to introduce and discuss it. A winner at both Sundance and Cannes, Marc Levin’s powerful and hugely influential work of cinema vérité follows a young performance poet, Raymond Joshua (Saul Williams), as he struggles to survive life inside a tough Dodge City jail. With Williams’ searing poetry and featuring a score from DJ Spooky, Slam is a gut-wrenching testament to the importance and the impact of artistic expression.

After the screening, Shabaka Hutchings will be in conversation with broadcaster, journalist and NTS DJ Teju Adeleye