Street 66 is a vibrant commemoration of Ghanaian-born Dr. Theodora Boatemah MBE, who led the campaign to organise tenants and demanded better housing on her Angell Town estate. In this film, archival footage blends with Akingbade’s own filmmaking style; photographs of Boatemah complement the living room, as well as testimonials of the tenants who organised activism with her. Focusing closely on one person’s quietly epic life of work, Street 66 creates a sense of scope that interrogates the socio-economic webbing of the UK. —Naomi Gessesse
Ayo Akingbade (UK) is an artist and film director based in London. Her works draw on notions of urbanism, power and stance. Her 2016 film Tower XYZ received a Special Mention Award at International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and won the inaugural Sonja Savić Award at Alternative Film/Video Festival (Belgrade). She is a recipient of the Sundance Ignite Fellowship and exhibited in ‘New Contemporaries’. Akingbade is a graduate of London College of Communication and is currently studying at Royal Academy Schools.
Claudette’s Star (2019), So They Say (2019), Dear Babylon (2019), A is for Artist (2018), Street 66 (2018), Tower XYZ (2016), In Ur Eye (2015)