For two weeks in March, the Accra Francophone Film Festival showcased new spaces, cultures and stories from across the continent and beyond — from Mali to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, from France itself to short films from across Ghana. Through the means of 13 Francophone films and 10 short films from Ghanaian filmmakers, the festival transported audience members to new spaces more locally, as well as internationally, showcasing diverse narratives, landscapes and time periods. The film festival was sponsored by the French Embassy of Ghana, the Institut Français, Alliance Française, and the National Film and Theatre Institute (NAFTI).Continue Reading
The UK’s Colonial Film Catalogue, a database of more than 6000 films (150 viewable online) provides an impressive, although subjective, window into the peoples living under British colonial rule. Although at times condescending, these videos find their value in providing a fantastic trip through time into life in these places. Many of the films I have perused so far aim to demonstrate the beneficial role of the British government and its companies throughout the Empire at the time (my translation: colonial propaganda). The films depict people as they were (or, rather, how the government/companies would like you to see them), and life at the time (again, likely how we’re supposed to see them).