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 Museum in London in 1970 and presented the case for the restitution of African art, which is still resonant today. This series was arranged to mark the 50th anniversary of this film and bring it to wider attention. The film – which is held in the JGPACA – can also be seen on the Vimeo on Demand platform: vimeo.com/ondemand/youhideme
You Hide Me: 50 Years On (Pt. 1 of Webinar Series) – Restitution, Curating & Teaching African Art
The first in this series of 4 webinars foregrounds the need to rethink the sources of knowledge and institutional frameworks that underpin the curating and teaching of African art, and the value of Africa’s historical cultural knowledge for a better understanding of the issue of restitution.
You Hide Me: 50 Years On (Pt. 2 of Webinar Series) – Restitution and the Moving Image
The second event in the You Hide Me: 50 Years On webinar series focusses on the demand for restitution in the context of African film and moving image archives more generally.
You Hide Me: 50 Years On (Pt. 3 of Webinar Series) – Restitution & Securing African Heritage
The third event in the You Hide Me: 50 Years On webinar series discusses the topic of restitution in relation to the role of African organisations such as the Africa Centre in having a voice in defending the future of African heritage.
You Hide Me: 50 Years On (Pt. 4 of Webinar Series) – Actions Going Forward
The fourth webinar in the You Hide Me: 50 Years On webinar series draws together the main discussion points, ideas and suggestions for taking forward the issues raised around this broad and resonant topic of the restitution of African Art. It was held on 24 November 2020.
‘YOU HIDE ME!’ | On Vimeo VOD
“In 1970, ‘YOU HIDE ME’ a film written, produced and directed by Nii Kwate Owoo, Ghanaian documentary and feature film maker, on the colonization of African art, was seen as controversial. The film is an expose of the theft and concealment of ancient and rare African Art, hidden in plastic bags and wooden boxes in the basement of the British Museum. For many the film heightened the already growing antagonism towards Western art establishments, and the role they played in the looting and hoarding of precious works of art from the ancient cultures of the world.” Nii Kwate Owoo https://vimeo.com/ondemand/youhideme
‘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 1980s with some contemporary reflections through the lens of Black and Asians filmmakers. All three film screening events included a Q&A with filmmakers and cast guests with a chair who hosted each screening and discussion.
Screening 1 – Saturday 4th February 2017
Time Is Now series introduction: June Givanni
The Hard Stop (2015) dir. George Amponsah
The People’s Account (1986) dir. Milton Bryan/Ceddo.
Q&A Panel discussion:
Chaired by Patcee Francis, Managing Director of Syncopate Media.
Screening 2 – Saturday 25th February 2017
Emergence (1986) and A Place of Rage (1991) dir. Pratibha Parmar
Mama Lou (1994) dir. Maybelle Peters
Candy Pop & Juicy Lucy dir. Chila Burman
White Men are Cracking Up (1994) dir. Ngozi Onwurah
Q&A with artist Suman Bhuchar.
Screening 3 – Saturday 25th March 2017
Utterance (1990) dir. Pervaiz Khan
Rahm (Mercy) (2016) dir. Ahmed Jamal – UK preview screening
Chaired by June Givanni (Pan African Cinema Archive).
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 projected the work made and conversations which took place during this period from the perspectives of writers, artists, collectives, photographers and more. Artists include: Sonia Boyce, Lubaina Hamid, Keith Piper, Martina Attille/Sankofa collective, Eddie Chambers and more.
June Givanni Pan African Archive was present within the exhibition, having an archive installation in the People’s Account room in one of the main spaces. Showing a collection of work including materials and a small poster display relating to GLC’s Third Eye Festival 1983. Four framed posters of the Anti Racist murals by black artists commissioned by the GLC in 1986 were also on display from JGPACA. Archive works on show included Bohemian Noir by Amani Naphtali, by Third Eye (Rough Cut) by Imruh Bakari and The People’s Account by Ceddo film workshop, In Conversation ‘C.L.R. James and E.P. Thomson’ by Mike Dibb, animation films A Lesson In History and Black Skin White Masks both by Maybelle Peters. As well as June Givanni Pan African Archive having to space to recall stories from this era, the Archive hosted a programme of four screening films reflecting memories on the decade which relates to present. The programme is called ‘The Time Is Now’.
‘The Place is Here’ closed its door on Sunday 30th April 2017. The exhibition is due to go on to South London Gallery and middlesborough arts museum.
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. R. James and E. P. Thompson on topics ranging from popular politics in the United Kingdom, new freedom movements and revolutions in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, international affairs in Africa and atomic warfare at the end of the cold war.
The film was screened to 50 guests from the public. The screening was a special event where the audience were treated to the unique experience of seeing the film in its original 16mm format for the first time in over 30 years. The audience had the opportunity to discuss the film with H.O. Nazereth and chair Colin Prescod of Institute of Race Relations.
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.