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!
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.”
As my research interests have increasingly broadened to the various historical and contemporary uses of mobile cinema van technology across Sub-Saharan Africa, I was recently very excited to learn about Challenge Enterprises of Ghana’s mobile cinema van program called Challenge Cinema Today. This company largely focuses on the selling of bibles and other Christian literature […]Read More Challenge Cinema Today – Christian Mobile Cinema
Based on interviews with former ISD mobile cinema commentators these photos were probably taken sometime in the late 1960s. Photos from Ghana’s Information Service Department Photo Library. This work is licensed under Creative Commons.Read More Mobile Cinema Van visits Prampram, Ghana
This is an edited excerpt from an hour and a half interview that I had in December 2010 with James K. Amuah, a former Information Services Department cinema van commentator. Blaylock: How many commentators were there when you joined Information Services Department as a cinema commentator in 1969? Amuah: At that time there were few. […]Read More An Interview with a former Cinema Van Commentator
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