Images Out of Africa: The Virginia Garner Diaries of the Africa Motion Picture Project
Missionaries played a fundamental role in introducing cinema into the developing world in the early twentieth century. These representatives of the Christian community diligently produced films about far-flung cultures to bolster fundraising for mission efforts around the globe. By the interwar period, a few husband-and-wife teams in Africa were making an array of films about vanishing cultures and the struggle to bring Christianity to indigenous populations. Images Out of Africa brings to light the remarkable expedition of one such team of filmmakers. In 1938, Virginia and Ray Garner, working for the Africa Motion Picture Project, ambitiously began making films in the Belgian Congo and French Cameroons, introducing film into villages for the first time. This book features Virginia Garner's recently rediscovered diaries, which highlight the challenges of making films in Africa in the 1930s and include rich descriptions of cross-cultural interactions and micro-negotiations with chiefs, headmen, and villagers.
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Africa afternoon AMPP arrived baby Bakuba Bangu beautiful Belgian Belgian Congo boat Boko Bolenge breakfast Bwamba camera Cameroun can’t chief church cloth clouds colonial Congo Congo Free Congo River couldn’t decided didn’t dinner Douala drove early Elizabethville Erickson film finally finish francs Freas Friday Garner Glenn Reynolds Godi grass hill hope hour Kanene kids Kimbu Leopoldville Leper letter light little boys look lunch Lutete Madimba Matadi miles mission missionaries Monday morning natives Ngono night o’clock packed palaver rain Ray’s ready river Rogers Ross Saturday scenario scene sequence shoot shot sleep Sona Bata started stay stopped Sunday supper sure swell take pictures tepoys things Thursday tomorrow tonight took train trees Tshikapa Tuesday village wait walk wanted Washburn wasn’t Wednesday witch doctor woke women