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 but a few were actually made in what was then the Gold Coast. After independence […]

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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 illustrious proponent of the “specialized technique” was the head of the Colonial Film Unit, William […]

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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. Over 150 films are available for viewing online. You can search or browse for films […]

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