Electing Change: Images and Sounds of Political Transition
We are thrilled to announce this year’s World Day for Audiovisual Heritage will be taking place at The Museum of Modern Art as part of the exhibition TO SAVE AND PROJECT: The 10th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation.
Saturday, October 27th, 2012
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
In 2005, UNESCO established October 27th 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 focusing on the idea that every citizen should have a say in their own government. From celebrations of the electoral process in the exuberant 1972′s “Tellin’ the World,” to memories of those who fought to have their voices heard in never-before-heard interviews from StoryCorps, these recorded images of political history force us to question the meanings of democracy, freedom and equality. Campaigns, elections, and the process of democracy throughout the past century will take the stage on the local, national, and international levels. The program culminates with raw footage captured by Human Rights Watch during the Arab Spring and its transition into their edited, award winning piece Uprising.
New York Public Library Reserve Film and Video Collection: Tellin’ the World
Democracy Now: Occupy Wall Street Compilation Footage
StoryCorps: Edited and Unedited Archival Interviews
Filmmaker Jim Hubbard: Excerpt from United In Anger
Gartenberg Media Enterprises: Audio and Video From the Kennedy Campaign: “High Hopes,” Campaign Speech, “Roosevelt — Social Welfare”
WITNESS: Excerpts from Russ Dove Interview and Sierra Leone Election Rally
United Nations Multimedia Resource Unit: Elections in Burundi and U.N. Election Monitors Deploy in South Africa
Human Rights Watch: Uprising: The Arab Spring
Following the screening, there will be a panel featuring archivists Nicole Martin of Human Rights Watch and Virginia Millington of StoryCorps in discussion with documentarian Jim Hubbard, focusing on the purpose, relevance and use of archival material and its impact on today’s political stage.
After the event, we invite you to join us as Connolly’s Pub (43 w, 54th St., around the corner from MoMA) for an informal gathering and continued conversation.
We look forward to seeing you there, and please keep your eyes on this website, as we will be featuring information on each of the presenters in the days leading up to the event!