Cinematic Biography of Ken Kissack Gampu


African Humanities Program Postdoctoral Fellowships


Centre for Film and Media Studies


The black pioneer actor and sometimes director in South African films, Ken Gampu (1929-2003) is significantly absent in the archives and scholarship of South African cinema. I wish to write a cinematic biography of Gampu in order to provide a comprehensive archive of his work and its significance, inject a critical perspective into studies of South African cinema pertaining to the participation of black actors in the colonial or apartheid periods, and to contribute a decolonial perspective on it.