DECOLONIZING AFRICAN CINE...

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 ...

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 […]

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The relatively small collection of audio materials were also collected in the pre-digital era and are on standard audio cassettes. The majority are interviews with filmmakers, (eg. Filmmakers John Akomfrah, Djbril Diop Mambetey in London; actress Rosalind Cash FESPACO Ouagadougou).

The collection consists of over 700 (VHS/Umatic/Beta) tapes and a large number of dvds (as yet unquantified). The collection includes predominantly independent films and some television programmes (eg. episodes and trailer for the 1980s Ken Saro-Wiwa Nigerian sitcom series Basi and Company), and a few mainstream commercial films, from the UK, Africa and the African diaspora generally.

Film Directories & Listings

From the pre-digital age, printed directories and thematic pamphlets were provided by distributors and production units, such as the Association des Trois Mondes in Paris who would provide a contextual article and a list of films on a particular theme (eg. La Palestine Vue Par Son Cinema [Palestine seen through its Cinema] Cannes 2001).

June Givanni’s Story

June Givanni is a pioneering international film curator with 30 years experience in film and broadcasting who is regarded as a resource for African and African diaspora cinema.

The development of the Pan African Cinema Archive is based on her collections from years of working in cinema. Her motivation for the archive is to make this valuable heritage collection as widely accessible as possible.

Manuscripts & Ephemera

This collection includes scripts and film dialogue transcripts and project proposals totaling 140 catalogued items so far. These will not be online and will be available for restricted consultation by appointment only after specific individual clearances from the rights holders concerned.

Photography & Stills

There are hundreds of still images – in fact quite possibly thousands – of shots that have been captured by June Givanni and others. The photographs vary in quality and style usually determined by their purpose and the conditions in which they were taken. They feature black and white and colour photos, and a small selection of slides.

The posters (100+ catalogued to date) cover a geographical source and representation of the 5 main regions or sub-regions featured in the archive: Africa, The Caribbean, North America, Europe, the UK. They are a mix of glossy commercial and more subtle art house creations as well as specially commissioned posters, publicizing films for the most part but also other events.

Publications

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).



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 cinema.

 

Decolonizing African Cinema: A History will examine the influences that have shaped the foundations of African ideas about cinema. By positioning these perspectives in a broader context, the program discusses how various interventions have been informed throughout history. Presenting a curated selection of films and critical perspectives–which echo across contemporary debates on filmmaking throughout Africa and the African diaspora– the program will explore the impact of the past on present-day African cinema, with its various intersections, continuities and discontinuities.

 

Structured over four webinar symposiums, each session will focus on a theme to be explored by expert discussants. Each symposium will be accompanied by a complimentary set of films for both essential and recommended viewing. The theme of each symposium provides a framework for the discussions and creates a dialogue around the foundations of African cinema, and its significance for contemporary and on-going debates.

 

The symposiums are open to the public, and will be of particular interest to students of African cinema. Both The Africa Institute and the June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive acknowledge the lack of knowledge and resources for the study of African cinema in Africa, and hope this program serves as an accessible contribution to the field. There is also a recognized need for a reframing of contemporary debates, inviting and encouraging new perspectives that prioritize issues pertinent to the African cultural economy and its future.

 

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