In 2005, UNESCO established October 27 as World Day for Audiovisual Heritage. With the 2012 presidential election rapidly approaching, the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program at New York University has assembled a collection of archival audiovisual material from New York City institutions that centers on the belief that every citizen should have a say in his or her own government. From celebrations of the electoral process in the inspiring 1972 Tellin’ the World to memories of those who fought to have their voices recognized in never-before-heard interviews from StoryCorps, these recorded images of political history compel us to question our understandings of democracy, freedom and equality—ideas that are invoked and all-too often exploited by politicians. Campaigns, elections, and the process of democracy throughout the past century are examined on local, national, and international stages. The program culminates with raw footage captured by Human Rights Watch during the Arab Spring, edited into its award-winning 2012 piece Uprising. Program approx. 120 min.
In the Film exhibition To Save and Project: The 10th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation
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