Video Materials

African Studies Library

Here we introduce a collection of ethnographic video materials.

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Here we introduce a collection of ethnographic video materials.

The film database Ethnographic Video Online is available free of charge to anthropologists working at German higher education institutions. The Specialised Information Service for Social and Cultural Anthropology (FID SKA) at the University Library of the University of Berlin has acquired all four collection packages with funding from the German Research Foundation.

Ethnographic Video Online is a comprehensive resource for visual anthropology and provides access to over 2,000 hours of footage, from raw field recordings to finished ethnographies and documentaries.

All those universities in Germany which have African Studies Centres (such as the Universität Bayreuth, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Universität Hamburg, Universität zu Köln, Universität Leipzig, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz) have campus access to the Ethnographic Video Online collection through their university network via the official website.

In the context of the project DELFT (Digitization of anthropological film archives), the anthropological film collection of 1,953 titles of the former IWF (Institute for academic films) was digitized by the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB). These resources are available free of charge after a personal registration