WCFF 2023 Virtual Festival

The Homecoming: A Short Film about Ajamu

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By the 1980s and 90s, Brixton had acquired a fearsome reputation as home to a rebellious black presence. This tough urban image also hid a thriving gay scene and arts movement, in which young photographer Ajamu Ikwe-Tyehimba, born in 1963 in Huddersfield to Jamaican parents, was active. This energetic film traces Ajamu's jump from South London back to his hometown of Huddersfield, Yorkshire, for an exhibition of his work. Playing with and remixing images of black masculinity cross-cut with a "feminine gentleness", he attempts, as sociologist Stuart Hall describes, "to transcend both".

  • Year
  • Runtime
    17 minutes
  • Director
    Topher Campbell
  • Screenwriter
    Topher Campbell
  • Producer
    Topher Campbell
  • Cast
    Ajamu Ikwe-Tyehimba, Michael Cadette, Kobena Mercer
  • Editor
    Cilla Beirne
  • Production Design
    Bernadette Roberts