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‘A Cinema of Resistance’: How June Givenni Amassed a 10,000-Piece Pan-African Film Archive                                               

If you’re interested in African film, you need to visit a new exhibit at London’s Raven Row gallery. Thanks to her curatorial expertise and deep love of African cinema, June Givanni has amassed a far-reaching collection of African film memorabilia, the highlights of which are now on display in PerAnkh: The June Givanni Pan-African Film Archive. The exhibition forms an alternative history, acknowledging the vitality and ingenuity that are under-appreciated or studiously ignored by so many. And the value of physical films and objects is beyond just what they depict. “At the Havana film festival I bought a collection of silkscreen posters that will be exhibited. Lots of art can be seen digitally, but to see a silkscreen poster, the texture and the colour of it – there’s an experience of culture and artefacts that goes beyond digital representation.”