Memory of the World Register - Audiovisual Heritage

Armenia - Collection of note manuscripts and film music of Composer Aram Khachaturian

Aram Khachaturian is a world renowned Armenian composer and musician of genuinely universal stature who has left a comprehensive musical legacy embracing almost all genres and forms. Making extensive use of the Armenian rural and urban folklore, Khachaturian raised Armenian composition school to a new classical level, ensuring its place in the world culture. His works influenced the formation of the composition schools in South Caucasus and Central Asian Republics.

Photos: © Aram Khachaturian museum 

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Australia - The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906)

Just as Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927) is testimony to German silent film art, The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906) symbolises both the birth of the Australian film industry and the emergence of an Australian identity. Even more significantly it heralds the emergence of the feature film format.The Story of the Kelly Gang, directed by Charles Tait in 1906, is the first full-length narrative feature film produced anywhere in the world.

Photos: © National Film and Sound Archive

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France and United Kingdom - The Appeal of 18 June 1940

The items nominated for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register concern the Appeal of 18 June 1940. These four items are thought to constitute the key evidence of this event: the handwritten text of the appeal broadcast on 18 June, the radio recording of the Appeal of 22 June, the manuscript of the poster of 3 August and the poster itself. The Appeal of 18 June is one of the most remarkable pieces in the history of radio broadcasting.

© INA / Michel Lioret
© Fondation Charles de Gaulle
© Musée de l'Ordre de la libération

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Germany - Metropolis - Sicherungsstück Nr. 1: Negative of the restored and reconstructed version 2001

Fritz Lang's motion picture METROPOLIS (1927) is without doubt famous testimony of German silent film art, a testimony that made history. The combination of motion picture and architecture: this is above all and still METROPOLIS, the film which was shot by Fritz Lang in the Babelsberg Film Studios in 1925/1926, which, due to its immense expenditure, caused the UFA, the largest German film group, to run into financial difficulties, which then had a glittering première in Berlin in January 1927, and an unparalleled success all over the world ever since - and which became the symbol of a (film-) architectural model of the future.

Photos: © Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation

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Indonesia - Asian-African Conference Archives

The Asian-African Conference (AAC) Archives is a set of documents, pictures and films related to the Conference held in Bandung, Indonesia, from 18 to 24 April 1955. The conference was the first international assembly of Asian-African nations, aimed to promote world peace and cooperation, and freedom from colonialism and imperialism. The Conference was attended by 29 Asian and African countries.

Photos: © National Archives of the Republic of Indonesia

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Japan – Return to Maizuru Port—Documents Related to the Internment and Repatriation Experiences of Japanese (1945-1956)

When the Japanese Empire collapsed due to defeat in World War II in 1945, an estimated 600,000 to 800,000 Japanese military personnel and civilians were interned in labour camps in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). The Maizuru Repatriation Memorial Museum has a unique and extensive collection of materials related to the internment and the survivors’ repatriation from 1945 to 1956.

Photos: © Maizuru City

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Mexico - Los Olvidados

Los olvidados is an acknowledged classic of world cinema that has widely influenced the 'social realism' genre of film making. The film was highly controversial in its depiction of street children in the urban environment turning to crime because of the failure of society, a continuing social ill.

Photos: © Televisa S.A. De C.V.

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Netherlands - Desmet Collection

The collection is representative of the output of the main film producing countries in Europe and the USA, and exemplifies the business methods of the film industry during its early years (approximately 1907 to 1918).  It contains unique films, posters, publicity materials, stills and copious business records.

Photos: © EYE Film Instituut Nederland

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New Zealand - Sir Edmund Hillary Archive

Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing captured the world's imagination in 1953 by conquering Everest, the highest mountain on earth, when everyone before them had failed. Hillary went on to explore places where no man had been before and dedicated much of his life to improving healthcare and education with and for the Sherpas. his enduring legacy in Nepal earned him the title of Surra Sahib (Big Man). Hillary's heroic stature continues to grow on the international stage today, with the sixtieth anniversary of the ascent in worldwide attention.

Photos: © Peter Hillary and Sarah Hillary

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Republic of Korea - Archives of Saemaul Undong (New Community Movement)

The archives include presidential speeches, government papers, village documents, letters, manuals, photographs and video clips related to Saemaul Undong conducted from 1970 to 1979 in the Republic of Korea. The movement laid the foundation for Korea to grow into a major economy from one of the world's poorest countries. Saemaul Undong marked the first step in this remarkable journey. The experience of the Korean people in this process is a valuable asset for humankind. Between 1970 and 2011, some 53,000 public officials and village leaders from 129 nations visited Korea to learn about Saemaul Undong.

Photos: © Korea Saemaul Undong Center

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Republic of Korea - The Archives of the KBS Special Live Broadcast "Finding Dispersed Families"

The Archives of the KBS Special Live Broadcast “Finding Dispersed Families” comprises 20,522 records of live broadcasts by the Korean Broadcasting System of reunions of war-dispersed families from June 30 through November 14, 1983. It holds 463 videotapes of 453 hours and 45 minutes of broadcasts, producers’ journals, applications to participate, broadcast ephemera, audiotapes, and photographs. The KBS Special Live Broadcast “Finding Dispersed Families” raised widespread recognition in Korea and around the world of the deep scars that the Cold War had left on individuals.

Photos: © Korean Broadcasting System

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Switzerland - The Montreux Jazz Festival: Claude Nob's Legacy

This collection contains  more than 5,000 hours of concerts recorded both in audio and video by many of the greatest names in jazz, blues and rock since the creation of the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1967, by the visionary Claude Nobs. It includes some extremely rare improvised jam sessions and unique footage of performers like Marvin Gaye who recorded their first and only performance for television in Montreux. Miles Davis played his last performance, conducted by Quincy Jones in 1991.

Photos: © 1971 Braunschweig; © 1997-Claude-Nobs; © 2006 Lionel Flusion; © 2008 Daniel Balmat

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UNRWA Photo and Film Archives of Palestinian Refugees

Since the inception of the agency, UNRWA's Public Information Office has produced photographs and films covering all the stages of the history of the Palestine refugees, from the establishment of functional camps in the 1950s, the second flight during the 1967 war, the civil war in Lebanon, the turbulent periods in the second half of the 80s to the consecutive unrest starting in the year of 2000. During nearly six decades UNRWA has produced and collected a comprehensive record of still photographs and film material, covering most aspects of the lives and history of the Palestine refugees.

Photos: © UNRWA

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United Kingdom - Historic Ethnographic Recordings (1898 – 1951) at the British Library

The Historic Ethnographic Recordings collection contains field recordings of orally transmitted cultures made throughout the world by linguists and musicologists. Some of these recordings represent the earliest extant sources for research into those cultures, and have captured in the most vivid format available at the time, unmediated by foreign textual interpretation, a linguistic and cultural diversity in a precious moment on the cusp of today’s ‘global village’. Not only were these recordings among the first of such to be made but also they may be the last: many of the languages and musical practices that feature in this collection are endangered or no longer exist.

© The British Library

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United States of America – John Marshall Ju/’hoan Bushman Film and Video Collection, 1950-2000

The John Marshall Ju/'hoan Bushman Film and Video Collection, 1950-2000, held at the Smithsonian Institution's Human Studies Film Archives, is one of the seminal visual anthropology projects of the twentieth century. It is unique in the world for the scope of its sustained audiovisual documentation of one cultural group, the Ju/'hoansi, of the Kalahari Desert, in northeastern Namibia.

© Presidents and Fellows Harvard University, Peabody Museum
© Claire Ritchie, John Marshall Film and Video Collection, HSFA, Smithsonian

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