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NAFTI students volunteer to save Ghana’s film heritage

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 … Continue reading

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The Search for Opera — aka Ghallywood

My second Accra historic movie house quest was to find the famed Opera Theatre. I choose this theatre as my next pursuit because I remembered noticing the façade when haggling for a “She’s a Devil” Nollywood movie poster back in … Continue reading

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An Interview with a former Cinema Van Commentator

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 … Continue reading

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Cinema Houses in Accra circa 1969

Most of the cinema’s in Accra were owned by the former Ghana Film Industry Corporation. In 1973 they owned the “Rex”, “Regal”, “Royal”, “Plaza”, and “Roxy” in Accra; the “Tex” in Asamankese; the “Royal” in Nkawkawa; the “Tarso” in Ho; … Continue reading

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From the Archives: Ghana-A-Report

We recently inspected a 16mm film at ISD called Ghana-A-Report (1969). This film, in remarkable condition, was produced in England for the multinational corporation, Unilever, a month before the creation of a new Bill of Rights. This Bill of Rights … Continue reading

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African Cinema: Roots

I recently read a 1993 interview by Kofi Anyidoho with Kwaw Ansah [Ghanaian director of Love Brewed in the African Pot (1981)]. The interview covers a range of topics including funding issues in Africa, problems finding trained technicians and Kwaw … Continue reading

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