I recently found a large collection of glass slides at the Information Services Department Central Film Library. They were originally used by the cinema vans for government educational campaigns on cholera prevention, voting, census, and various government programs. Judging by the Afro hairdos in some of the photos and a few dated slides, I would … Continue reading “Do not panic. Government is protecting the public.”
As my research interests have increasingly broadened to the various historical and contemporary uses of mobile cinema van technology across Sub-Saharan Africa, I was recently very excited to learn about Challenge Enterprises of Ghana’s mobile cinema van program called Challenge Cinema Today. This company largely focuses on the selling of bibles and other Christian literature … Continue reading Challenge Cinema Today – Christian Mobile Cinema
Based on interviews with former ISD mobile cinema commentators these photos were probably taken sometime in the late 1960s. Photos from Ghana's Information Service Department Photo Library. This work is licensed under Creative Commons.
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 Services Department as a cinema commentator in 1969? Amuah: At that time there were few. … Continue reading An Interview with a former Cinema Van Commentator