Tag Archives: colonial cinema

ISD Film Library in 1954

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 … Continue reading

Posted in African Archives, Archives & Libraries, Audiovisual Archives, Colonial Cinema | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Archival Cinema Van Photos used by Artist Maryam Jafri

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Colonial Cinema, Mobile Cinema Vans | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Peter Morton-Williams: Anthropology & Mobile Cinema

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 … Continue reading

Posted in African Cinema, Colonial Cinema, Ghananian Cinema, Mobile Cinema Vans, Nigerian Cinema | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Your Humble Petitioner Humbly Prays..

Courtesy of the National Archives of Ghana.

Posted in Colonial Cinema, Mobile Cinema Vans | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The Volta River Authority’s Dam Project

The Volta River made a splash in the national media last month when the Volta River Authority was forced to spill the dam for the first time in 20 years due to unusually high rainfall. (See GhanaWeb article for more … Continue reading

Posted in African Cinema, Ghananian Cinema | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Colonial Film

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. … Continue reading

Posted in African Cinema, Colonial Cinema | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

African Agency in the Gold Coast Film Unit

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 … Continue reading

Posted in African Cinema, Colonial Cinema, Ghananian Cinema | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment