John Akomfrah - A Touch of the Tar Brush

In his 1933 travelogue English Journey, J.B. Priestley recalled visiting a school in Liverpool, where he spoke with a number of bi-racial schoolchildren. John Akomfrah visited Liverpool to explore the very community Priestley described in his book. Through a mixture of archival footage and interviews with the great-grandchildren of Priestley's encounter, A Touch of the Tar Brush challenges the notion that racial purity is a necessary constituent of English national identity.