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Film, the Living Record of Our Memory

Directed by Inés Toharia

Release: 2023
Runtime: 119
Country: Spain, Canada
Language: English, French, Japanese, Catalan, Arabic, Spanish

Why preserve film in a world where audiovisual materials seem so readily available online? That is the key question posed in Film, the Living Record of Our Memory, which features interviews with film archivists, curators, technicians, and filmmakers including Costa-Gavras, Jonas Mekas, Patricio Guzmán, Ken Loach, Bill Morrison, Fernando Trueba, Wim Wenders, and appearances by Martin Scorsese, Barbara Rubin, Idrissa Ouédraogo, Ridley Scott, and Ousmane Sembene. Together, they explore what film preservation is and why it is still so important to preserve celluloid, even in an increasingly digital world. Thanks to the tireless work of these film professionals, many of whom work unrecognized behind the scenes, we are still able to watch films that are more than 125 years old. This film pays tribute to their conviction that film holds our collective memory, and that access to film as it was meant to be seen may one day change a life. Film, The Living Record of Our Memory highlights the unique challenges of maintaining film, the cultural and political barriers to preservation, and the surprising risks of digital preservation. This work is critical because, as the film explains, so much of this heritage has already been lost forever.

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Technical Info

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85: 1
  • Color: Black & White and Color


Venue City Date
American Cinematheque Los Angeles 1677992400March 5 - March 10, 2023
Athens Ciné Athens 1681185600April 11, 2023
Center For Contemporary Arts Santa Fe 1680235200March 31, 2023
Film Forum New York 1677474000February 27, 2023
Gateway Film Center Columbus 1683259200May 5 - May 6, 2023
Gene Siskel Film Center Chicago 1678424400March 10 - March 16, 2023
Laemmle Theatres Los Angeles 1683518400May 8 - May 14, 2023
Lightbox Film Center Philadelphia 1680235200March 31, 2023
Northwest Film Forum Seattle 1677646800March 1 - March 5, 2023