In the absence of appropriate public policies that ensure the preservation of film heritage in their respective countries, NAAS member spaces are increasingly faced with the need to undertake this challenging role. Some organizations such as Cimatheque in Cairo, the Cinémathèque de Tanger in Tangier, Metropolis in Beirut have already engaged into long-term projects of building a physical film archive that would store parts of the national film heritage, preserve it and make it accessible to the general public. Other entities like the Tunisian Federation of Film Societies (FTCC) in Tunis and Wekalet Behna in Alexandria are the depositary of rich unexplored collections of archival films and prints that are still to be examined, classified and preserved.
Answering to a need for training and expertise that had been formulated during NAAS’s last regional meeting at the 2017 Berlinale, the Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art organized a 5-day archival curation workshop from the 19th until the 24th of August 2017 at their premises in Silent Green Kulturquartier, Berlin.
Manel SOUISSI (Fédération Tunisienne des Ciné-Clubs, Tunisia)
Elodie SAGET (Cinémathèque de Tanger, Morocco)
Malak MAKAR (Zawya, Egypt)
Talal AFIFI (Sudan Film Factory, Sudan)
Ali AL ADAWY (Wekalet Behna, Egypt)
Co-mentoring : Yasmin DESOUKI (Cimatheque, Egypt)
Links & Downloads:
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• Download the workshop’s program
• Arsenal’s extensive film archive features more than 6,000 films and videos collected since the founding of the institution in 1963. Explore here the library of one of the biggest film archives in Europe. This workshop was made possible thanks to the financial and logistical support of the Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art.