The Films, Books and Expeditions of John L. Brom
Forty five years after my husband John L. Brom passed away, I received a telephone call from the Human Studies Film Archives at the Smithsonian Institute informing me that a scholar screened their Brom’s African documentaries and would like to interview me about my late husband’s work.
The scholar, Professor Glenn Reynolds, well known for his expertise and publications in the field of Colonial Cinema in Africa, clarified during a subsequent meeting that the early period of filmmaking in Africa was inadequately documented, and stated his goal of filling this gap by providing accounts of surviving cineastes of this historic era.
Dr. Reynolds asked a direct question: could I remember and narrate the exploratory work of my late husband? John L. Brom was among the few filmmakers who captured the genuine tribal life of sub-Saharan Africa during the colonial era, before the independence period wiped out the ancient traditions and folklore.
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