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Message from: Suzanne MacRae[] (
About: Re: FW: QUERY: Films and periodical

Fri, 26 Jun 1998 07:26:41 -0700 (PDT)

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    Originally from: Suzanne MacRae[]
    Originally dated: Fri, 26 Jun 1998 07:26:41 -0700 (PDT)

    Hello, Anna. I have purchased two African film videos from the BFI
    (Connoisseur Films) fairly recently and they put the films into American
    format and mailed them to me. There was no cost for the transfer of format.
    I hope this is helpful.
    Suzanne MacRae, , U. Arkansas
    On Fri, 19 Jun 1998,
    <> wrote:
    > Originally from: <
    <> >
    > Originally dated: Fri, 19 Jun 1998 04:14:39 -0700 (PDT)
    > Xposted from H-AFRLITCINE@H-NET.MSU.EDU
    > From: Anna Livia
    * < <>
    * > Further to discussion of availability of Sembene films:
    > I own two films by Sembene, on videotape: _Borom Sarret_, and
    _Xala_. I
    > bought them from Facets Video Catalogue, who acquired them from
    the BFI
    > (British film Institute). They cost about $85 each. The only
    problem with
    > them is that they are in PAL VHS format (NOT compatible with
    > VHS-though fine for European viewers). I had to organise a special
    > at my university (Illinois, Champaign) since my usual classroom is
    not PAL
    > equipped. For me, this was not especially difficult, just required
    > planning, but for scholars not attached to large universities, it
    might pose
    > quite a problem, or for grad students who don't have faculty
    privileges. I
    > did email the BFI asking for permission to transfer the tape to
    American VHS
    > but never heard back. Our language lab cannot legally transfer
    videos which
    > are under copyright (as the Sembene films are). You can get them
    > in commercial outfits, but it costs about $50 a film and is of
    > legality.
    > I would like to add that a) these two films are well worth the
    money and b)
    > if anyone has contacts at the BFI, it might be nice to suggest
    they also
    > produce an American VHS version.
    > Anna Livia <>

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