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Film and audio-visual resources, Library, SOAS, University of London

Africa Past & Present podcast
Site features podcasts on history, culture, and politics in Africa and the diaspora.

African Oral Narratives
An open access digital library containing 6 collections of oral and life histories, folklore, and songs from Ethiopia, Ghana, and South Africa.

African Writers Club
From the British Library’s Archival Sound Recordings, this collection has over 250 hours of radio programmes broadcast in the 1960s about African literary, social and cultural affairs. It includes radio plays, literary readings, reviews, interviews, political discussions, magazine programmes and music tracks. Available to SOAS staff and students, your SOAS ID and password is needed to access the recordings.

British Pathe Film Archive
Video news archive covering historical events, sport, social history and entertainment from 1896 to 1970.

Colonial Film: Moving Images of The British Empire
Contains information on over 6000 films showing images of life in the British colonies with over 150 films available for viewing online.

Community Video Education Trust : documentary footage of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Afric
Archive of multimedia and film materials relating to the history of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. Provides access to a large collection of online materials relating to political parties, trade unions, and activists mostly filmed in South Africa in the 1980-1990s.

Ethnographic Video Online
Searchable database of ethnographic film. Available to all Library users on-campus. Off-campus access available to SOAS staff and students, using their SOAS ID and password.
On-campus use /  Off-campus use 

Lola Kenya Screen 
Audiovisual media festival, skills development programme and marketing platform for children and youth in eastern Africa.

National Film & Video Foundation (NFVF)
Organisation promoting the development of the South African film and video industry.

Nollywood Film Industry and the African Diaspora in the UK
Part of a year long pilot project to explore international marketing and reception of the Nigerian video/VCD film industry, with particular attention to its consumption in the UK.

Screen Africa
Film and television news from South Africa and other parts of Africa.

Smithsonian Global Sound
An online encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions. Including over 35,000 individual tracks of music, spoken word, and natural and human-made sounds.
On-campus use / Off-campus use

South African Film and Video Project
This project assists in preserving and making accessible moving images from the apartheid years and their site contains links to several of their resources.

Film festivals

UK
Europe
Africa
Worldwide