The 5 Elements Premiere

07 October 2021

We were delighted to premiere 'The 5 Elements' a collaboration by filmmakers Amber Akaunu and ElJosef. They shared this mesmerising film work in full for the first time at the Bluecoat in 2021.

A film still of someone wearing a light blue top, lying on some rocks by the ocean.

The artists describe the film as “reflecting and exploring the connection that our ancestors will always have to Fire, Water, Earth and Air. It’s also a call to those who are spiritually searching within the materialistic led society we’ve been conditioned within for centuries.”

Amber Akaunu and ElJosef were joined conversation after the screening by BBC Radio Merseyside presenter Ngunan Adamu.

The event was part of the Bluecoat's celebration of Black History Month.

About the Artists

ElJosef (also known as Spiritual Baddi) is a non-binary Astrologer and Intuitive Healer. Assisting others to become more emotionally intelligent and spiritually aware is the forefront of their passion.

Amber Akaunu is an award-winning filmmaker, artist, and BAFTA scholar from Liverpool whose work explores themes of belonging, identity, and Black culture. Amber's creative practice expands to her role as the co-founder and editor of Liverpool-based magazine, ROOT-ed. The platform aims to represent the underrepresented and has worked with numerous art institutions and individuals to do just that. Amber graduated from university in 2018 with a first-class degree in Fine Art and is now a current MA student at Goldsmiths College in London where she studies Screen Documentary.