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Film Preservation in Latin America: Pasado, Presente, Futuro


Film preservation is critical for the world’s cultural heritage and the medium is in danger of becoming obsolete. As film labs are closing worldwide, funding remains an ongoing challenge, and restoration efforts often need to be done collaboratively with support from multiple outside organizations. This event will bring together representatives from Latin American archives to showcase restored films and new archival “discoveries” from their collections as well as to discuss challenges in maintaining their countries’ cinematic legacy.

Albino Álvarez Gómez, Film Rescue and Restoration, Filmoteca, Universidad
Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)
Paula Félix-Didier, Museo del Cine Pablo C. Ducrós Hicken
Norma Rivera, Filmoteca, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP)
Rani Singh, Getty Research Institute

The Getty Research Institute’s Art on Screen initiative is dedicated to exploring the complex relationship between moving-image media and fine arts through interdisciplinary research, lectures, screenings, and symposia.

In conjunction with Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, this program is organized by the Getty Research Institute on the occasion of the 2017 FIAF (International Federation of Film Archives) Congress.

Above: Photochemical lab at the Filmoteca of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Photo: Francisco Ramírez

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA
Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Initiated through grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA takes place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California, from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, and from San Diego to Santa Barbara. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.

An assortment of concessions will be available for purchase outside the auditorium prior to this event. Please note that food and drink are not permitted inside the auditorium.