22.10.2010 -

UNESCO celebrates women on World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

The Fourth World Day for Audiovisual Heritage presents a timely opportunity to consider the role that audiovisual heritage plays in our modern society. This year's theme, "Save and Savour your Audiovisual Heritage - Now!" will be commemorated by UNESCO with the special focus on women.

The film archives represent the memory of UNESCO. Since 1945, the Organization has participated in film production to record, promote and showcase its fields of competence. At UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, the Fourth World Day for Audiovisual Heritage will be commemorated by a public screening of short films selected from the UNESCO audiovisual archives. All selected films feature women characters:

<li>Miriam Makeba Sings (English, 1978) <a href="#*">[*]</a>

<li>Loin des chimères (French, 1975)

<li>Lydia: Another Point of View (Spanish, 1975)

<li>More than Fair (English, 1969)

<li>Les femmes sur le chemin de l'égalité - Rendez-vous avec l'Orient n°2 (French, 1960)

<li>The Wives of Nendi (English, 1949)

<li>Hommage à Mme Galina Oulanova - Gala de danse salle Pleyel (French, 1981)

The screenings will take place on 27 October 2010, from 12.00 a.m to 3.30 p.m. at 7, place de Fontenoy, 75007 Paris, France.


Proclaimed by UNESCO in 2005, the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage is a commemoration of the adoption of the Recommendation for the Safeguarding and Preservation of Moving Images in 1980. The <a target=_blank href="http://www.ccaaa.org/">Coordinating Council of Audio-Visual Archives Associations (CCAAA)</a> is designated by UNESCO as the lead implementing body to organize the yearly celebrations. This World Day raises awareness of the importance of audiovisual documents as integral parts of national identities and the world's memory. It is also an occasion to draw attention to the urgent need to safeguard those documents, which need to be protected if they are to survive.


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27 October 2010, World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

(Original Sound in French)


The world's entire audiovisual heritage of the last century is endangered. Most of what has been produced has been lost due to the ravages of time, ignorance of its value, chemical decay and technological obsolescence. No one disputes the role that audiovisual recordings play in bringing cultures together, but unless active measures are taken to secure their survival, they will slowly, but inevitably, disappear, along with massive portions of our global heritage. In so doing, the memory of the world will be irremediably impoverished.


Heritage preservation has always required tremendous efforts, but audiovisual records are far more endangered and more than other media necessitate greater measures for their protection.


UNESCO is also raising awareness of the issues through the Memory of the World Programme which this month will be featuring some on the audiovisual items listed on its Register. Only if there is an allocation of sufficient human and financial resources for preservation, can we ensure that future generations will be able to savour those cultures that now live on only through audiovisual recordings.



<a name="*"></a>* Also known as 'Mama Africa', Makeba was a musician, activist, and humanitarian. She received the UNESCO Grand Prix du Conseil International de la Musique along with numerous international awards.

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