“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 are only reading the signs left, like rubbish, in the wake of the commandment. Hence […]Read More Political Vulgarity in the Margins
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 […]Read More ISD Film Library in 1954
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
Courtesy of the National Archives of Ghana.Read More Your Humble Petitioner Humbly Prays..
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 four reasons in succession. Making a number one with his index finger, he dictated, “One: […]Read More Relevancy of Mobile Cinema Vans Today
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 Ansah’s then new production A Woman Abandoned. What I found most rewarding from the interview […]Read More African Cinema: Roots
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 VHS tapes are transfers of early pre and post independence Ghanaian films, including some rare […]Read More Great News from the ISD Film Library!