The Africa Institute, in collaboration with the June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive, present a film program titled Decolonizing African Cinema: A History. Launching October 21, this program seeks to situate influential works of African cinema in relation to contemporary films, and highlight the trends and developments that have defined the critical conversations and debates around this […]

You Hide Me: 50 Years On – Webinar Series

The series of webinars in this showcase was organised by the June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive (JGPACA) with partners SOAS/African Screen Worlds; AFFORD; and The Africa Centre; with assistance and support from The Art Fund and MayDay Rooms. The film You Hide Me was made by Ghanaian filmmaker Nii Kwate Owoo in the British […]

Donate to the archive – Crowdfund now live!

Help us secure the future of the archive and make it more accessible to the public. Please donate to our crowdfunding campaign, live now!

YOU HIDE ME: 50 Years On – Actions Going Forward

  You Hide Me:  50 Years On – Webinar Series  ACTIONS GOING FORWARD This event will draw together the outcomes from the Webinars organised by the June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive and partners – SOAS University of London; AFFORD, and the Africa Centre, to celebrate 50 years since the film You Hide Me was […]

You Hide Me Still : 50 Years On Webinar Series

You Hide Me: 50 Years On Webinar Series In 1970 Ghanaian filmmaker Kwate Nii Owoo managed to enter the British Museum to make this short film about the valuable African artefacts held there.  His film is held in the June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive (JGPACA), and together with partners the Africa Centre, SOAS University […]

Time Is Now Programme at Nottingham Contemporary

‘The Time Is Now’ was a programme curated by June Givanni Pan African Archive in support of with ‘The Place Is here’ exhibition at the Nottingham Contemporary over the same period.  The structure of the programme was made up of three film screening events between 4th February 2017 to 25th March 2017 reflecting stories of […]

The Place Is Here, Nottingham Contemporary 4 February – 30 April 2017...

On Friday 4th February 2017, Nottingham Contemporary opened its doors to the public for their first major exhibition of the year called ‘The Place is Here’. The exhibition explores the pivotal decade for culture and politics of the 1980s with responses from the Black Arts Movement in Britain. Each of the 4 rooms exhibited and […]

Talking History: C.L.R. James and E.P. Thompson December 7, 2016 – Film Screening...

June Givanni Pan African Archive programmed its first collaborative film screening with Mayday Rooms on December 7 2016. The film shown at Mayday Room’s screening space was H.O. Nazareth’s ‘Talking Histories’. In the year 1983 H.O. Nazareth of Penumbra Productions, directed and produced, a film conversation between two Marxist historians: the Trinidadian playwright C. L. […]

JGPACA Summer Screenings at Stockwell Park Community Centre
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2 JGPACA screening programmes this Friday 12/8/16 at Stockwell Community Centre: Click to see flyer.

Central Saint Martins Students, Mate Masie: Conversations In Blue...

During 2015/2016 Academic year, seven students based at Central Saint Martins, UAL , took part in a residency to engage and create a response to June Givanni’s Pan African Cinema Archive from an artistic perspective. The work was then showcased in an exhibition below at Central Saint Martins on the 17th and 18th March 2016. Check out some of the photos below from the process and the show. Shanice Martin April 2016

Pan African Film Lounge

Pan African Film Lounge, curated by June Givanni for Autograph ABP.

LA Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema

Tate Modern series  10 – 25 Aril 2015. Films of Charles Burnett, Billy Woodberry, Julie Dash, Larry Clark, Haile Gerima, Barbara McCullough,Ben Caldwell, Zeinabu Davis and many more, in the presence of some of the visiting UCLA  filmmakers of the 1970s and 1980s.    

The Pan African Film Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO)starts this weekend 28 February 2015.  It will be my 30th year of attending  the festival.

Movements: 16 – 27 October 2014

Selections from the June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive: Screenings – Exhibition – Roundtable Discussion.

Archive Categories

June Givanni has been collecting materials for the Archive since the 1980s until the present day. It references Pan African cinema that stretches back to the earliest African American pioneers of independent cinema through to the 1980s and 1990s in the Caribbean and the UK, with their significant cultural and artistic movements, that inspired filmmaking in those territories.

Patrons & Endorsements

Patrons and endorsers of the June Givanni Cinema Archive include Euzhan Palcy, John Akomfrah, Baroness Lola Young OBE & Raoul Peck.

Association of Black Workshops Catalogue

The publications catalogued so far are at 400 plus and counting not taking into account duplicates). The collection includes significant journals such as the Black Film Review (USA); and the Black Film Bulletin*(UK); Ecran D’Afriques/African Screens (FEPACI/Italy), and The Black Filmmaker (bfm: UK).

Symbolic Narratives/ African Cinema

“Symbolic Narratives/African Cinema: Audience, Theory & Moving Image” Edited by June Givanni, Introduction by Imruh Bakari. Courtesy of the British Film Institute

Nollywood Director Adeyemi Afolayan (1987)

Nollywood Director Adeyemi Afolayan (nicknamed ‘Ade Love’) at the Nantes Film Festival of 3 Continents in France in 1987

Black Film Bulletin

Black Film Bulletin – “The African Cinema Double Issue” Published 1995.
The Black Film Bulletin emerged at the British Film Institute, London in 1993. Founded by editors June Givanni and Gaylene Gould, the magazine was a space for critical commentary around developments in new Black cinema and Pan African Cinema histories.

*The term Pan African is an identification that encompasses the peoples of the African continent and all of the African diaspora, where people of African descent can be found.  

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