Cold war icon: Kwame Nkrumah between DEFA and British Film


Nkrumah dances with Queen Elizabeth during her first state visit to Ghana, 1961.

A comparative study of British history and European colonial memory in DEFA and British archive film, Carter’s project explores in workshops and published papers the circulation around Germany, Britain and West Africa of documentary and newsreel images of the Pan-African leader, anti-colonial intellectual, and first Prime Minister of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah. Archive holdings in Germany (DEFA-Stiftung/ Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv, Deutsche Kinemathek) and the UK (National Film Archive, Colonial Film Database, British Pathé) are examined for the light they shed on Nkrumah’s contested status within Cold War geopolitical imaginaries. 


Ghana heute

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Der schwarze Stern

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