The African Film Database is a collaborative digital project that seeks to create a catalog of films from and about the continent of Africa. As a rapidly growing field, the cinema of Africa can be viewed as a vessel within which the history of colonialism, decolonization, artistic and literary emergence as well as a space of resistance is contained.
This database has three goals:
1. It is an ongoing, continually updated work that aims to aid scholars by consolidating as much information as possible on individual films. The database is searchable by country, year, director and theme.
2. With an eye toward digital literacy and the opening up of the discourse on African cinema, this database mobilizes university students to research, refine and enter blog posts on individual films. While it may not be possible to watch every single film, the project urges students to engage with the deeper dynamics of postcolonial studies and the dissemination of film within that, and also exposes them to a vast and extraordinarily dynamic world African art and culture that is often ignored in the mainstream.
3. The African Film Database invites professors to implement this digital component in their classrooms, and thus enable the creation of a wide network of scholars engaged in the field. Built on a simple WordPress site, the database is very user friendly. The assigned blogging work can satisfy a digital activity component in your classroom and fosters research, introduces students to theoretical approaches and facilitates an introductory understanding of basic blogging platforms. Academics will participate with their undergraduate or graduate classrooms in updating, researching and assembling information on this website.
Created and developed by Bhakti Shringarpure.
Content edited by Anna Brown.