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.


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).


You Hide Me:  50 Years On – Webinar Series 


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 made by Nii Kwate Owoo in London in 1970. This event will reflect on and digest the main points and propositions around the restitution of African Art to emerge in the webinars, and to present some of the ideas for action going forward.  

Panellists will include:

The three Moderators of the Webinars in this series:
  • Imruh Bakari (Filmmaker, writer and Lecturer in Film Studies University of Winchester)
  • Jihan El Tahri (Multi-award-winning film director, writer, visual artist and producer)
  • Uzoamaka Madu (Strategic Communications Consultant)

And 3 senior partner representatives:

  • Lindiwe Dovey of SOAS University of London, Professor of Film and Screen Studies and Principal Investigator African Screen Worlds
  • Onyekachi Wambu Chief Executive, AFFORD (African Foundation for Development)
  • Belvin Tawuya Head of Marketing and Communications, The Africa Centre

Other Commentators will include:

  • Nii Kwate Owoo. Director, You Hide Me, and a number of other films

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