Africa's Lost Classics

ALC Black 4In 2017-2018 the consortium of the five African Film Festivals in the UK, TANO (‘five’ in Swahili) collectively revisit 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.

The travelling programme included films and events that have taken place during AiM in Scotland and continue to tour around the UK, throughout 2017 and 2018.

  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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