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Martin Scorsese on the 2018 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

Photo © Brigitte Lacombe

I would like to thank UNESCO, the Co-ordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations, and its member organizations for hosting the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage.

This year’s theme, “your story is moving,” recognizes the importance of preserving home movies, videos and recordings, providing a precious window into the past.

It is also a day to celebrate the archives and individuals around the world doing the vital work of preserving and restoring our moving images and recordings — and making them available for future generations.

There are archives at risk all over the world. UNESCO and its Memory of the World Program are at the forefront of the effort to safeguard the documentary heritage of humanity against neglect, collective amnesia, the ravages of time, environmental conditions, and deliberate destruction. Hundreds of films, recordings, buildings and documents make up the Memory of the World Register, including such treasures as the EYE Filmmuseum’s Jean Desmet Collection of early cinema, the Berlin Phonogramm-Archiv, the Ingmar Bergman Archives, and many other extraordinary collections.

I hope that you will take time today enjoy one of the movies or recordings that changed your life, there are countless that have inspired me over the years.

Martin Scorsese

October 8, 2018

Martin Scorsese on the 2018 World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

Photo © Brigitte Lacombe

I would like to thank UNESCO, the Co-ordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations, and its member organizations for hosting the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage.

This year’s theme, “your story is moving,” recognizes the importance of preserving home movies, videos and recordings, providing a precious window into the past.

It is also a day to celebrate the archives and individuals around the world doing the vital work of preserving and restoring our moving images and recordings — and making them available for future generations.

There are archives at risk all over the world. UNESCO and its Memory of the World Program are at the forefront of the effort to safeguard the documentary heritage of humanity against neglect, collective amnesia, the ravages of time, environmental conditions, and deliberate destruction. Hundreds of films, recordings, buildings and documents make up the Memory of the World Register, including such treasures as the EYE Filmmuseum’s Jean Desmet Collection of early cinema, the Berlin Phonogramm-Archiv, the Ingmar Bergman Archives, and many other extraordinary collections.

I hope that you will take time today enjoy one of the movies or recordings that changed your life, there are countless that have inspired me over the years.

Martin Scorsese

October 8, 2018