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

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 and AFFORD we bring you a series of Webinar’s in celebration of the 50th anniversary of that film and its prevailing argument for the restitution of African Art.  Panels will feature UK and international curators, filmmakers, artists, writers, cultural activists, museum professionals and academics, including the filmmaker himself.

Watch the film on Vimeo



Restitution and the curating and teaching of African Art

Date 7 October 2020, 5pm

  • Imruh Bakari – Chair (Filmmaker, writer and Senior Lecturer in Film Studies University of Winchester)
  • Didi Cheeka (filmmaker, Curator and archivist)
  • Awa Konate (writer, Curator, Founder of Culture Art Society (CAS)
  • Errol Francis (CEO, Culture& Org)
  • Dr Polly Savage, Lecturer in Art History of Africa, SOAS
  • Prof Kofi Opoku Asare (Institute of African Studies (IAS), University of Ghana)
  • Kwate Nii Owoo (filmmaker – You Hide Me, Founder of Media Research Unit, (IAS), University of Ghana)
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Restitution of African Art and the Moving Image

Date 20 October 2020, 3pm

  • Jihan El-Tahari – (Chair multi- award-winning film director, writer, visual artist and producer)
  • Didi Cheeka (filmmaker, curator rand archivist)
  • Onyeka Igwe (Visual and moving Image artist)
  • Onyekachi Wambu (Executive Director of Afford)
  • Kwate Nii Owoo (Filmmaker – You Hide Me)
Tickets on Eventbrite

JGPACA & Africa Centre

Restitution: Africans involvement in deciding the future of part of their heritage and the role The Africa Centre can play in that process?

Date: 29 October 2020, 4:30pm

  • Uzoamaka Madu (Strategic Communications Consultant)
  • J C Niala (writer with a background in Anthropology:  at the Horniman Museum described asAfrican Collections Researcher and is coordinating the project Rethinking Relationships and Building Trust Around African Collections)
  • Sani Sani (Artist)
  • Michael Adeyemi (filmmaker)
  • Prof Yaw Owusu Frimpong (director School of Communication, Univ of Ghana)
  • Kwate Nii Owoo (filmmaker – You Hide Me, Founder of Media Research Unit, (IAS), University of Ghana)
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(Invitation only) Roundtable drawing together key outcomes from the Webinars & the production of a series of podcasts resulting from the series.

10 November 2020


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