Cinemateca Brasileira in São Paulo, Brazil, with its irreplaceable collection, is one of the largest and oldest film archives in Latin America. Founded in 1949, it become a government institution in 1984 within the Ministry of Culture. Its website is one of the most authoritative sources on Brazilian cinema. Like the NFSA, it is a member of FIAF (International Federation of Film Archives).
Recent political events have placed the survival of the Cinemateca and its collection, along with other Brazilian film archives, at great risk – revealing, once again, the vulnerability of all cultural and memory institutions. Against the background of Brazil’s current political turmoil and its raging covid pandemic, the international archiving community has come together to advocate for the institution’s future. The following documents track what has happened to date.
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