The Information Services Department (ISD) Central Film Library was started during the colonial era to provide access to educational films for missionaries, educators and government touring cinema vans. Most of the early films in the collection were made in Britain but a few were actually made in what was then the Gold Coast. After independence […]Read More ISD Film Library in 1954
Artist Maryam Jafri’s has used archival cinema van photos from Ghana’s National Archives in two of her 2008 works: Staged Archive and Mobile Cinema. Below is text from her website about both pieces. STAGED ARCHIVE A man gets into a car and goes for a drive, he reaches an unexpected destination– a courtroom awash in […]Read More Archival Cinema Van Photos used by Artist Maryam Jafri
Numerous assumptions about the inferiority of African mentalities proliferated among colonial officials; therefore at the beginning of the 20th Century, as part of the civilizing process of colonialism, specialized cinematic techniques were used in making African development films. The most illustrious proponent of the “specialized technique” was the head of the Colonial Film Unit, William […]Read More Peter Morton-Williams: Anthropology & Mobile Cinema
Courtesy of the National Archives of Ghana.Read More Your Humble Petitioner Humbly Prays..
For those of you who can’t get enough colonial cinema, check out the new website: Colonial Film: Moving Images of the British Empire. “This website holds detailed information on over 6000 films showing images of life in the British colonies. Over 150 films are available for viewing online. You can search or browse for films […]Read More Colonial Film
Yesterday, after exploring some of my primary sources on colonial mobile cinema van units, I happened upon the article, “Cameraman on the Gold Coast” from the June 1952 Colonial Cinema magazine. In this article, Gold Coast Film Unit cameraman, George Noble talks about filmmaking problems in the Gold Coast. Below is an excerpt that reminded […]Read More African Agency in the Gold Coast Film Unit