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MayDay Rooms is happy to announce that the June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive (JGPACA) will be in residence for the next 9 months.
The June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive (JGPACA) is a 30 year personal collection of films and film related materials which are used to provide events and information for public engagement with Pan African cinema. June’s vision is to provide resources for artistic and educational knowledge and appreciation of Pan African Cinema. The JGPACA works to bring awareness to the contributions of black people to cinema as a story telling medium through curated programmes in association with multi-disciplinary arts and community development principles locally, nationally and internationally.
The archive includes Films, Photographs and Stills, Posters, Audio, Publications, Manuscripts, Publicity Materials and Film Directories.
The materials were collected from the 1980s onwards and continue today. However, the archive references Pan African cinema that stretches back to the earliest African- American pioneers of independent cinema such as Oscar Micheaux in the 1920s; through the 1960s development of African cinemas alongside national independence movements on the continent; through to the 1980s and 1990s in the Caribbean and the UK with their significant cultural and artistic movements, that inspired filmmaking in those territories. Much of this material is still being catalogued and prepared for online consultation, and most of it is yet to be digitised. Most of the material is in English and there is also a significant amount in French.
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