30.08.2013 - UNESCO Office in Santiago

UNESCO present at the 10th National Encounter of Audiovisual Archives in Colombia

The 10th National Encounter of Audiovisual Archives in Colombia (X-ENAA) was held in Bogota from 26-31 August, with the central theme of “Audiovisual heritage in the digital age”. The event took place at the Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano and was organised by the Department of Cinematography of the Colombian Ministry of Culture, the Fundación Patrimonio Fílmico Colombiano (Colombian Film Heritage Foundation) and the District Film Library of Bogota, with the support of the General National Archives – National Archives System, Proimágenes Colombia and the French Embassy.

The guest of honour at the event was Ray Edmondson, the former assistant director of the National Film and Sound Archive Institute of Australia, director of the Memory of the World Regional Committee – Asia/Pacific (MOWCAP) and author of the UNESCO text “Memory of the World: General guidelines to safeguard documentary heritage”. Other participants included Ana Viñuela, academic director of the  High School of the National Audiovisual Institute (INA Sup, France); Carmela Márquez, director of the Film Library of Bolivia; Sue Malden, president of the Executive Council of the Federation of Commercial Audiovisual Libraries, FOCAL International United Kingdom; Paloma Hidalgo, associate professor of the Faculty of Information Sciences of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid; Luca Giuliani, curator of the Genoma fil library y Victoria Uranga, coordinator of the Knowledge Management Section OREALC/UNESCO Santiago, among others.

“This initiative is a privileged space to debate on how new content is created, made available to the public and how it must be preserved today given the new challenges presented by technology. Encounters like this are an excellent opportunity for the country to identify its strengths and collectively pave the way towards improving our weaknesses”, states Marina Arango, Cinematography Director of the Colombian Ministry of Education.

“This year’s International Audio-Visual Heritage Day (27 October) will be celebrated under the theme Saving our heritage for the next generation. Fortunately, events like these prove the importance of audio/visual archives for the communities. When we talk about archives, we are also talking about memory, identify and the democratisation of information, therefore they impact many dimensions,” explained Victoria Uranga of OREALC/UNESCO Santiago.

Regarding the audio-visual heritage that is part of the UNESCO Memory of the World Register, Ray Edmondson indicates that “there are marvellous and impressive materials like the recent incorporation of the East Timor archives, although the quantity and diversity of the audiovisual records is still insufficient. There is a lot of audiovisual material that is world heritage, but is not yet recognised”.

The encounter also presents the advances made during the last 15 years in terms of audiovisual heritage safeguarding policies and their impact on the heritage sector during these 10 years of the Colombian Film Law. During the Encounter, homage was given to Jorge Nieto (1943- 2012), journalist, researcher and audiovisual library pioneer in Colombia.

International presence at the Encounter included the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organisation (UNESCO), the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF), International Federation of Television Archives (FIAT/ITFA), the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA), the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA), Archive Associates Pty Ltd., the Federation of Commercial Audio/Visual Libraries (FOCAL International), the National Audiovisual Institute of France (Ina), Televisión Española S.A. (TVE) and the Bolivian Film Library.

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