Ernst Ingmar Bergman, recognized as one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers of modern cinema, once commented: “Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.” He was right. Film is a cultural medium that strongly influences the way we understand the world around us. It reflects the values we uphold and the meanings we assign to the events that take place in our lives.
But the influence of film goes beyond the individual. Film is, and has always been, a powerful tool for preserving and promoting the cultural, social and integrity values of any people. Yet, this potential can go untapped or, even worse, unnoticed. This is the logic behind the development of our initiative, the Centenary Film Archive.
A film archive that matters
The Centenary Film Archive is the first of its kind in Nigeria. It is a website that aims to place the legacy of Nigerian films in the hands of Nigerians and the rest of the world. Based on the firm belief that this will help to foster national pride and promote a shared vision of the country’s future through film, our aim is to to promote the development of Nigerian films that incorporate social, cultural and national values.
A few things make this project stand out. First, it is based on detailed research that aims to be as exhaustive as possible. We look at each film on its own merit and we tell users what it contributes to social and cultural values. It’s also searchable. Built on a massive (and growing!) database, we are constantly fine-tuning our search algorithm to ensure that users find exactly what they want. Then, it’s interactively informative. For this, we’ve partnered with the Google Cultural Institute to display exhibits from within the website. So, apart from textual content, the website showcases archival images, audio and video about vintage Nigerian films.[…]
Source : The centenary Project blog, June 2nd, 2015