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World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

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still from The Rose of Rhodesia (Harold M. Shaw, ZA 1917)
still from The Rose of Rhodesia (Harold M. Shaw, ZA 1917)

This year, to celebrate World Day for Audiovisual Heritage (WDAH), we're publishing five silent film programmes with specially scored music on its streaming platform Eye Film Player.

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The films span a large territory, from South Africa to the United States, Italy and Antarctica, and are made by filmmakers from numerous countries.

still from The Little Minister (Penrhyn Stanlaws, US 1921)
still from The Little Minister (Penrhyn Stanlaws, US 1921)
still from Jean Desmet compilation
still from Jean Desmet compilation

For these presentations, we exclusively collaborated with internationally renowned silent film composers; José Maria Serralde Ruiz (Mexico), Matti Bye (Sweden), and Martin de Ruiter and Daan van den Hurk (The Netherlands).

All films start streaming on 27 October, World Day for Audio Visual Heritage, and can be viewed free of charge worldwide. All films are unique preservations from the Eye collection.

still from Jean Desmet compilation 'Feeërieken'
still from Jean Desmet compilation 'Feeërieken'

List of films

The Rose of Rhodesia (Harold M. Shaw, ZA 1917)

music by Matti Bye

The Right to Happiness (Allen Holubar, US 1919)

music by José Maria Serralde Ruiz

The Little Minister (Penrhyn Stanlaws, US 1921)

music by José Maria Serralde Ruiz

Trick Films: A compilation of 18 early trick films

music by Martin de Ruiter

A compilation program of four German films from the Desmet Collection

music by Daan van den Hurk

World Day for Audio Visual Heritage

In 2005, UNESCO declared October 27th World Day for Audio Visual Heritage to raise awareness of the significance of audiovisual documents and to draw attention to the need to safeguard them. Every year many heritage institutes around the world celebrate this day by organizing public events underscoring the importance of Audio Visual preservation and to raise general awareness.

still from Jenny (Willy van Hemert)
still from Jenny (Willy van Hemert)

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still from The Right to Happiness (Allen Holubar, US 1919)
still from The Right to Happiness (Allen Holubar, US 1919)