Symposium: Curating the Global Film Archive

Complementing the Africa’s Lost Classics programme and the exhibition African Film: Looking Back Through the Lens, we hosted a symposium entitled Curating the Global Film Archive on Sat 28 Oct at the Moving Image Archive at Kelvin Hall.

Inviting scholars, archivists, filmmakers and restorers from around the world to Glasgow for a day of dialogue and discussion on what the archive contributes to film history and the future of film, we placed African cinema firmly at the centre of the global film archive, while providing a context of worldwide archival curation and research. For the full programme, please download the Word document:  Curating-the-Global-Archive-Symposium-Programme4.docx .

Symposium Programme: 


June Givanni, Founder: June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive: Witness - June Givanni on a Pan African Cinema Archive,

symposium June 2

PANEL 1 - The Global Archives 

MaryEllen Higgins, Associate Professor of English, Penn State University: "The Silt of the Archives"

Catarina Simao, Artist and Researcher: "So that new cinema may be called 'our' cinema: a disjointed memory. Notes on Mueda, Memória e Massacre (1979-80)"

Alexandra-Maria Colta, PhD candidate, University of Glasgow: "Bringing the Film Archive to Life: Marlon Riggs Retrospective at Document Human Rights Film Festival"

Symposium 1

PANEL 2 - South African Archives

Emma Sandon, Senior Lecturer in Film and Television, Birkbeck University of London: "Curating the South African film archive: 1910-1960"

Benjamin Cowley, CEO, Gravel Road Distribution Group: "Retro Afrika Bioscope and the restoration of Cult Classics"

Firdoze Bulbulia, Director, Moments Entertainment: "Mandela’s Africa: A TV series based on the exclusive African diary of Nelson Mandela in 1962"

Screening and Discussion

The Faces We Lost + Q&A with director Piotr Cieplak, Filmmaker, Lecturer in Filmmaking, University of Sussex

Thanks to Kelvin Hall, Moving Image Archive and the University of Glasgow, for their support in the organisation of this event.