Recording of the introductions and presentations as parts of the event „Life after fire – How to rescue (film) histories in Brazil?“ on the occasion of the UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage on 27.10.2022 at @Filmmuseum Potsdam. In collaboration with the Film Heritage M.A. program at @Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. With support from @CTAv Centro Técnico Audiovisual Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and @Cinelimite.

  • 0:00:00 Introduction to event by Rodrigo Campos (Filmuniversity Babelsberg)
  • 0:09:30 Presentation of Fabiana Ferreira, followed by a talk and Q & A
  • 1:00:32 Welcome by Sachiko Schmidt (Filmmuseum Potsdam) and introduction to film program: Female filmmaking at the time of the military dictatorship by Freya Glomb and Elena Barysheva (Filmuniversity Babelsberg)

29th of July 2021, a fire breaks out at 6 p.m. local time in São Paulo. A warehouse of the Cinemateca Brasileira, the largest film collection in Latin America, is in flames – an „announced tragedy“ (Laura Bezerra, Brazilian archival scholar).

The July 2021 fire was not the only one of its kind. Four major fires had already ravaged Brazil’s most important film archive since its founding in 1940. But under Jair Bolsonaro’s presidency, the Cinemateca goes through its biggest crisis. Shortly after coming to power, the president declared war on culture: left-wing, queers, indigenous people, women’s rights, alternative lifestyles and minoritized groups do not fit into the conservative worldview. Because of the suspended funding, the archive had to close for almost two years in 2019, and necessary repairs to the building and its holdings could not be carried out. The fire unfortunately did not surprise numerous experts worldwide.

On the UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, having as background the upcoming presidential election in Brazil on October 2nd and 30th, we pay tribute to Brazilian film heritage with a diverse program and question the current state of the struggle for its preservation.

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