Paulin Vieyra: Pioneer of African Cinemas – Filmmaker, Producer, Historian

Paulin Soumanou Vieyra (January 31, 1925 – November 4, 1987). Special thanks to Cathy Chamorey who took this brilliant photograph of Vieyra in Paris in the editing room where Paulin was working on his feature : En résidence surveillée in 1980.  Used courtesy Stéphane Vieyra. Who is Paulin Vieyra? Paulin Soumanou Vieyra was a pioneer of … Continue reading Paulin Vieyra: Pioneer of African Cinemas – Filmmaker, Producer, Historian

A Glimpse into the BFC/A’s FESPACO Poster Collection, Part 5 – Ghanian Canvas Posters

When I first started working here, I knew I would be working primarily with the FESPACO poster collection. I naively assumed that they would all be made out of some sort of paper product and likely be mass-produced. Well, that turned out to be quite wrong since the BFC/A also has a small collection of … Continue reading A Glimpse into the BFC/A’s FESPACO Poster Collection, Part 5 – Ghanian Canvas Posters

A Glimpse into the BFC/A’s FESPACO Poster Collection, Part 4 – It’s a Family Affair: The Ouedraogo Brothers of Burkina Faso

As in other industries, there are people who chose to work  in film because their family members have had successful careers as actors, directors, or producers. The United States has the Barrymore and Huston families; France the Depardieus; and Italy has the Rossellinis. Africa has its own version of a successful filmmaking family: the Ouedraogos. … Continue reading A Glimpse into the BFC/A’s FESPACO Poster Collection, Part 4 – It’s a Family Affair: The Ouedraogo Brothers of Burkina Faso

A Glimpse into the BFC/A’s FESPACO Poster Collection, Part 3 – FESPACO

Film festivals are important events for cinema since they bring exposure to filmmakers, support the local industry and community, and allow people in cinema to network with other professionals. There are a small number of film festivals in Africa such as those in Durban, Carthage, and Cairo. Part 3 will focus on the Panafrican Film … Continue reading A Glimpse into the BFC/A’s FESPACO Poster Collection, Part 3 – FESPACO

A Glimpse into the BFC/A’s FESPACO Poster Collection, Part 1 – Women Filmmakers

Hello there! My name is Sarah Mayersohn and I am interning at the BFC/A as part of my coursework for my master’s in library science at the School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University-Bloomington. One of my primary duties is processing African movie posters into the archive’s FESPACO collection, and I’ve noticed that there … Continue reading A Glimpse into the BFC/A’s FESPACO Poster Collection, Part 1 – Women Filmmakers

FESPACO: February 26-March 5, 2011

The Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (Festival panafricain du cinéma et de la télévision de Ouagadougou or FESPACO) is the largest African film festival, held biennially in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The festival is the biggest regular cultural event on the African continent and it mostly focuses on the African film and African filmmakers. … Continue reading FESPACO: February 26-March 5, 2011