Tag Archives: Gold Coast

Political Vulgarity in the Margins

“The question of whether humor in the postcolony is an expression of ‘resistance’ or not, whether it is, a priori, opposition, or simply manifestation of hostility toward authority, is thus of secondary importance. For the most part, those who laugh … Continue reading

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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

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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

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Your Humble Petitioner Humbly Prays..

Courtesy of the National Archives of Ghana.

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Relevancy of Mobile Cinema Vans Today

I asked an ISD Assistant Information Officer what the relevancy of cinema vans was today when there are so many other forms of communication in Ghana like radio, television, cell phones and the Internet. He answered without hesitation, listing the … 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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Great News from the ISD Film Library!

On Wednesday, 22 September 2010, a collection of PAL VHS dubs of twenty different films from Information Services Department (ISD) collection was delivered from the ISD Central Offices to the ISD Cinema Department Film Library in North Industrial Area. The … Continue reading

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