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Preserve the audiovisual

The National Cinematheque Foundation began the IV Cohort of the Diploma in Conservation and Preservation of Audiovisual Material. This is a key initiative not only because of the stellar moment that Venezuelan cinema is experiencing, but also because of the urgency of promoting awareness in all institutions, governmental and private, about the importance of safeguarding documents that help protect historical memory.

Cinema, without a doubt, is a cultural expression of the people, but it is urgent to understand that this applies to all photographic and audiovisual records that are made within the institutional frameworks of the State as a whole.

It is necessary to protect the country's cultural heritage and promote specific public policies for the conservation of audiovisual material in all institutions, since this is preserving for posterity the collective manifestations and expressions contained in said documents.

Nowadays, no one doubts the documentary value of cinema and all audiovisual material in general. Like any product of culture, films, photographs and video records show concrete realities, particular and collective identities, social representations, historical events, in short, elements that serve as cultural references for the construction of collective imaginaries.

The French historian Marc Ferro insisted until his death in 2021 on the value of cinematography as a documentary source due to its ability to reflect, interpret and reproduce the social, political, cultural and historical reality of a nation.

For this reason, it is necessary to preserve as much as possible all the audiovisual material of the country, since they are sources for historical research due to their nature not only of representing but also of producing culture. Furthermore, its conservation has a double importance both in the dissemination of collective expressions and in the education of our people.

Much remains to be done in terms of legislation and the formulation of public policies in this regard, especially in the consolidation of a culture of protection of audiovisual heritage. But our beloved National Cinematheque knows that and, therefore, we celebrate that it promotes the academic training of professionals and those interested in such noble work.

Journalist and professor UCV

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