John Akomfrah, OBE (born 1957) is an English film director and screenwriter. He has directed 14 films since 1986. He made his debut with Handsworth Songs, which examined the fallout from the Handsworth riots.
He was born in Accra and brought up in London. Akomfrah was educated at schools in West London and at Portsmouth Polytechnic, where he graduated in Sociology in 1982.
He is best known as one of the founders of the Black Audio Film Collective, which was active between 1982 and 1998, and which was dedicated towards examining issues of Black British identity through film and media.
He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours. In March 2012 he was awarded the European Cultural Foundation's Princess Margriet Award.
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