The DFA was established in 2007 to promote and protect the interests of doc filmmakers in South Africa. To contact the DFA, please use the contact form: here . The DFA website is at: www.docfilmsa.com Membership applications can be made through the website here.

17 November 2009

The South African History Archive and PIJIP



"The South African History Archive (SAHA) is an independent human rights archive committed to recapturing lost and neglected histories, documenting past struggles against apartheid, as well as ongoing struggles in the making of democracy in South Africa. SAHA’s central mission is to bring South African history out of the archives and into schools, universities and communities in new and innovative ways. SAHA is also dedicated to using South Africa’s Promotion of Access to Information Act in order to extend the boundaries of freedom of information in South Africa and to build up an archive of materials released under the Act for public use." Click here for more.

As many DFA members will know, the DFA has been involved with the Center for Social Media at the American University in Washington DC – in collaboration with the Black Filmmakers Network in South Africa on an initiative looking at copyright, fair dealing and documentary filmmakers.

SAHA has just recently released the Audiovisual Audit Report: The South African Liberation Struggle. "Conducted in early 2009, this audit of video and film material dealing with the South African Liberation Struggle was undertaken on behalf of SAHA, with funding from the Atlantic Philanthropies and professional support from the Visual History Archive at the University of Cape Town. The aim of this audit was to increase awareness of, and access to, audiovisual material relating to the liberation struggle in South Africa through identifying and listing archives, stock footage libraries and other repositories, both nationally and internationally, which currently house such materials. A brief overview of the holdings of each repository is included, along with contact details and links to related finding aids, where available. Because of time and other constraints in conducting this audit, the report details fairly sizeable collections only. There are many individuals and production companies that have made one or two films on subjects related to the anti-apartheid struggle, but may not been listed in this report as they do not necessarily own source material that can be made available to others. This report should be seen as a work-in-progress, to which additional information can be added and for which the existing information can be refined."

This audit report makes mention of the work being done by PIJIP. It is yet another example of how invaluable FAIR USE will be to the documentary filmmaker and ALL documentary should be supporting the work being done.


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