|South African Film and Video Project|
Culture, Communication and Media Studies (CCMS), University of KwaZulu-Natal, is a partner in the The South Africa Film and Video Project (SAFVP - http://www.africanmedia.msu.edu/). SAFVP is a collaboration of seven institutions in South Africa and Michigan State University (MSU). SAFVP is creating a definitive multinational database of film and videotape about South Africa. It will contribute to saving important deteriorating videotape and film resources on South Africa and making those images more widely available via the distributors of these titles. The MSU project has been running since the late 1970s. CCMS’s association with it started in 1989. Digitization of Community Video Educational Trust VHS videos started in Cape Town last year. A website is being build by the Project for CVET.
The MSU database currently consists of over 13 000 entries. It provides access to public, schools and teachers, scholars, and professionals, especially in the USA, with distributor information attached. The entries cover the broad and deep heritage of the film and video that recorded the panoply of the world’s most extraordinary history of political and racial transition of the twentieth century – from colonialism, to the apartheid state, to the coming of democratic rule in South Africa and other countries of the Southern Africa region (see also http://www.ukzn.ac.za/ccms/amp/africancinematv_default.asp).
The project aims to:
Keyan G Tomaselli
Culture, Communication and Media Studies
University of KwaZulu-Natal, Howard College Campus