Africa's Lost Classics

ALC Black 4Africa's Lost Classics is a project run by Africa in Motion and University of Glasgow, funded through an AHRC Grant and a Glasgow Knowledge Exchange Grant. The main aim of the project is to safeguard the history of Africa's "lost" films - that have been forgotten, neglected or lost to the archives. This webpage is a space to archive information on these films and their invaluable contributions to the rich history of African cinema, rooted in a belief that cinema contributes significantly to the cultural history of the continent. The project revisits, showcases and promotes the history of African cinema, in collaboration with a host of partners. With this project we brought (back) to UK screens some of the greatest African films ever. Old and lost films were rediscovered, and we enabled the restoration of three African women’s films.

A travelling programme includes films and events that highlight the rich history of African cinema and continues to tour around the UK and internationally, throughout 2018-2019.

  1. An Exhibition entitled African Film: Looking Back Through the Lens
  2. Symposium on Curating the Global Film Archive took place in Scotland in November 2017
  3. Workshops and Teaching Resources continue to add to the film experiences of Primary and Secondary school teachers, as well as our youngest audience members.
  4. Restorations: ALC has invested in restoring, subtitling and digitising three groundbreaking "lost" women's films.

TANO consists of Africa in Motion Film Festival, Film Africa in London, Afrika Eye in Bristol, Watch-Africa in Wales and the Cambridge African Film Festival.

Africa’s Lost Classics is an AHRC-funded and a Knowledge Exchange Grant-supported project run by Dr. Lizelle Bisschoff (University of Glasgow) and Professor David Murphy (University of Stirling). It is coordinated by Dr. Stefanie Van de Peer (University of Glasgow).

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