Memory in Motion

The inclusion of a programme devoted to film archives in a festival dedicated to human-rights is bound to raise a few eyebrows. Precisely because the connection is not an obvious one, we ask that you take a leap of imagination and suppose that nothing from the past would ever be preserved (not images, not texts, not artistic artefacts). It’s hard to envision such a premise, but it is also obvious that this would be the most fertile soil for extreme ideologies and discriminatory policies to quickly take shape and engulf much of the world’s population. A community that is deprived of any definitive prior existence is easier to manipulate. For this reason, in furthering the endeavour to bring to light historical phenomena meant to reveal the different nuances of our present, we felt it was necessary to create a festival category dedicated to film archives. We won’t pretend that our decision to include it in such rich content partly stems from our constant preoccupation with retrieving the documentary heritage of the former production studio “Alexandru Sahia”. The other important reason for our interest in film archives resides with the state’s lack of engagement in encouraging their development and in creating structures to ensure the preservation of other types of audio-visual materials, currently in danger of extinction. Therefore, this festival selection is a manifesto of sorts.