Shabaka Hutchings Presents: Slam

Open City Documentary Festival

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 verité 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.

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Running time
130 mins
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Marc Levin

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September 9th

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