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10-24 October 2014: Biography of an archive: The June Givanni Pan-African Cinema Archive

Over 32 years ago June Givanni, a remarkable curator of African and African diaspora cinema, started out working on the Third Eye Film Festival in London, she then went to programme nationally and internationally, eventually setting up the African- Caribbean unit at the British Film Institute (BFI) in 1992. From 1993–1996 June published the BFI’s Black Film Bulletin with Gaylene Gould.

Throughout her career June has been programming prominent film festivals around the world and on this journey has built up a wealth of material of and about Pan-African cinema which dates from the 1970s (films, photographs, audio interviews, journals, posters, scripts and memorabilia), all devoted to the celebration of Black experiences on film.

“Historic moments in the development of Caribbean, Black-British, African-American and African cinema have played witness to significant movements that transcend geographical boundaries and given rise to a global dialogue. The Archive is born out of the passion that has driven these aesthetic, intellectual and socio-political positions within the diaspora experience.”

June Givanni, October 2014.

This exhibition coincides with a series of screenings throughout the autumn - see full details here.

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