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The ASCL’s film collection consists of more than 1900 DVDs and focuses mainly on films made by African film makers but also documentaries made by non-Africans. A number of its films have been shown at the Africa in the Picture Festival in Amsterdam that has been discontinued as of 2013. The festival’s archives are held at the ASCL’s library. 

Most films can be borrowed by the public (Borrowing films). Those that cannot be loaned for copyright reasons can be viewed in the library.

All films are listed in the library’s online catalogue and can be searched according to title, author or subject. To retrieve records on films only: in the ‘Advanced’ search mode, deselect all materials except ‘Audio visual’.
Consult the Ethnographic Video Online database to view more than 750 hours of classic and contemporary documentaries (restricted access).

The ASCL library also has more than 500 publications (books, periodicals and articles) on African cinema.cover DVDbook cover

Films in the ASCL collection by country: