South Asian Film Magazines

Nigar Weekly have documented and preserved part of South Asia's diverse cinematic heritage. This project aims to use these materials to constitute a unique source of historical information on film and popular culture throughout the 1950s to present. Still in publication, Nigar Weekly has created a multinational literary/journalistic space.

This project will digitize several thousand film periodicals from India and Pakistan, which represent a crucial archive of postcolonial South Asian history. Alongside their coverage of the film world, these publications included poems, stories, political cartoons, and essays on political and social topics. In their pages, a wide variety of publics—fans, filmmakers, businesspeople, readers and writers of literature, and others—engaged with and contributed to the world of film and with a broad range of cultural and social questions. Almost all of these materials, even those that circulated most widely, are unarchived and in danger of disappearing.

Project Details


Location: India, Southern Asia, Asia Organiser(s): Modern Endangered Archives Programme (MEAP), South Asian Film Preservation Society Project partner(s): South Asian Film Preservation Society; Nigar Weekly; Shabistan Film Archive Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: $50,000.00 Commencement Date: 01/2022 Project Status: Active
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