In an oppressive future, a 'fireman' whose duty is to destroy all books begins to question his task.
In the future, the government maintains control of public opinion by outlawing literature and maintaining a group of enforcers—known as 'firemen'—to perform the necessary book burnings. Fireman Montag begins to question the morality of his vocation.
The subject matter of Memory Room 451 is the cultural and historical significance of 20th-century hairstyles – the Afro, the conk, dreadlocks – in Black communities on both sides of the Atlantic. Akomfrah has disguised this exploration as a science fiction story – in the manner of the groundbreaking writers profiled in The Last Angel of History – while providing a bravura display of the aesthetics of video art in the 1990s. The tale of visitors from the future who gather dreams from unwitting subjects in order to construct a history of the Black diaspora both defamiliarizes Akomfrah’s ongoing project and points to the danger that extracting history from memory can be a kind of expropriation.
A documentary directed by Laurent Bouzereau.
A man finds himself in weird situations