I’ll be giving a talk about audio-visual preservation in Ghana and the forthcoming video documentary my friend Anita Afonu is making about these issues at 6 pm this Thursday, September 15, 2011 at the wonderful and amazing Bay Area Video Coalition in San Francisco, CA. AV Preservation in the Not-So-Global Digital World Post-colonial African filmmakers […]Read More Bay Area Video Coalition!
On May 13th 2011 Audiovisual Preservation Exchange (a group of passionate audiovisual archivists who have gone to Ghana for the past four years to do audiovisual preservation trainings and workshops with Ghanaian audiovisual caretakers, an organization that I’m proud to say I’ve been involved with for the past three years) and New York University Accra […]Read More Films from the Archives
We began a process of sorting through the film collection at the ISD Central Film Library in October 2010 to separate the deteriorated film from those films that were still salvageable and to record basic information about the films in the collection. Previously there was no complete catalog or record of the films in the […]Read More ISD Sort Finished!
I recently found a large collection of glass slides at the Information Services Department Central Film Library. They were originally used by the cinema vans for government educational campaigns on cholera prevention, voting, census, and various government programs. Judging by the Afro hairdos in some of the photos and a few dated slides, I would […]Read More “Do not panic. Government is protecting the public.”
Last week we began to sort through the films in the Information Service Department collection once again (after a five month hiatus) with the help of three National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI) students and one NAFTI alumni. Many thanks to them for all the hard work that they are doing to save these important […]Read More NAFTI students volunteer to save Ghana’s film heritage
Sometimes it can be a small discovery that a film archivist relishes, like this little ditty I recently found in a film can. I couldn’t help but be charmed by the creative attempt to disguise film care and handling practices in the form of a prayer. A rather gruesome one at that. Statements like, “I […]Read More Misuse me and I disappoint thousands.