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Research Activities

Digital Archiving Projects


Audio Visual Preservation Exchange (APEX): Ghana

APEX in Ghana partnered with the Real Life Documentary Festival, the West African Documentary Forum and NYU in Ghana to hold a series of audiovisual preservation events in Accra, Ghana.

Photo Exhibitions



AFRICA: SEE YOU SEE ME Photography Exhibition & Global Tour

Curated by Director of Africana Studies &  Tisch School’s Associate Professor of Drama, Dr. Awam Amkpa
Associate Curator: Madala Hilaire

The exhibition highlights the history of African photography on the continent as well as in the Diaspora. In efforts to create an open dialogue, Africa: See You, See Me! features artists from a range of countries including Mali, Nigeria, Cameroon, Mozambique, South Africa, Portugal, Italy, USA, and a host of others. Bringing together images of Africa from African & non-African photographers, the exhibit showcases how Africans view themselves when they are left in charge of creating/showcasing Africa’s image for global consumption juxtaposed with how non-Africans create & showcase the image of Africa for global consumption.

Africa: See You, See Me! has embarked on a global tour with its first stop in Lisbon, Portugal in Fall 2010. The exhibit is slated for stops in Florence, Italy (Spring 2011); Rome, Italy (Spring 2011); Beijing, China (Spring 2011); Accra, Ghana (TBA); Lagos, Nigeria (TBA); and New York City (TBA), with many more cities to follow.


Film Festivals

reallife11.gif6th Annual Real Life Documentary Film Festival in Accra, Ghana, October 1-4, 2011

The Real Life Documentary Festival was launched on May 20, 2006 as “an annual film festival dedicated to documentary films based on the histories, peoples, heroes, cities and locations of African and diasporic African communities.

The 2011 RealLife festival offers an enticing choice of films. Beyond the screening, RealLife is also offering an invaluable service to the film industry in Africa with its master classes to be given by distinguished guest directors/technicians. Other valuable aspects of the program include an increasing emphasis on archival workshops especially dedicated to the restoration and preservation of films.

Program Schedule (requires Acrobat Reader).