17.10.2011 - UNESCO

Free screening of Metropolis to celebrate World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

Metropolis, Fritz Lang, 1927

The UNESCO Office in Kathmandu is organizing an open-air screening of Metropolis, a 1927 film directed by Fritz Lang, to celebrate the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage (27 October). The screening is taking place today at the Patan Museum in Lalitpur at 6 p.m. The event is free of charge and open to all.

The event is being held to raise awareness about the importance of audiovisual documents as an integral part of national heritage, the world’s memory, and the need to preserve them for future generations.

A 2001 reconstruction of Metropolis, shown at the Berlin Film Festival in that same year, was the first film to be inscribed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register.

The film was substantially cut after its original German premiere and much footage was lost over the passage of successive decades. There have been several efforts to restore it, as well as discoveries of previously lost footage. The film to be screened in Kathmandu is the latest restoration, done in 2010 after almost 30 minutes of lost footage was found in Argentina.

Audiovisual heritage – film, video, radio and recorded sound material – is being lost every day due to neglect, natural decay and obsolete technology. Urgent measures must be taken to prevent the loss of this valuable, irreplaceable heritage through the digitization of audio recordings, photographs and films.

UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme is an international initiative launched to safeguard the documentary heritage of humanity against collective amnesia, neglect, the ravages of time and climatic conditions, and wilful and deliberate destruction.

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