Decolonising the Archive shorts #1 (2021)

  • Decolonising the Archive
  • 1h 13m


Rethinking how collections are made and remembered

A New England Document | 2020 | 16 min.

Director: Che Applewhaite

A reconsideration of the photographic work of Lorna and Laurence Marshall in the Kalahari Desert, Namibia. Using footage, images and text from The Marshall Collection at Harvard University’s Peabody Museum, this film raises questions about the politics of their visual archive and photographic encounters from the reparative perspective of its formerly silenced stories.

Competing for the Wiley Blackwell Student Film Prize

A Journey to the Makonde | 2019 | 55 min.

Director: Catarina Alves Costa

A journey to Mozambique in search of the forgotten story of Margot Dias, an ethnomusicologist who filmed between 1958 and 1961 among the Makonde people in North Mozambique, a Portuguese colony until 1975. Using archival film material and a personal narrative, the filmmakers trace her journey to Maputo to meet members of the Makonde and to uncover Dias’ legacy.

A live discussion with the filmmakers will take place on Zoom on Thursday 25 March, 16:30 - 16:55 UTC. Find the roundtable abstract and a link to join the live discussion here.

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United States, Portugal, Mozambique