The Doc Archive project was born from the necessity to rescue memories about previous editions of Cinemaissí. Documenting our history is the best way to make visible what we have done over the years and learn from it. The Doc Archive is also a way to honor some of the people who created Cinemaissí. We hope it can inspire other projects to acknowledge their history, document it and share it.
In 2020 our lost websites were rescued, films from past editions were cataloged, photographs and videos were saved, graphic materials from the first to the most recent edition of the festival were archived and digitized and five interviews were conducted with key characters in the history of Cinemaissí.
On the page, you can find part of the rescued materials that form Doc Archive. Graphic documents from all festival editions reveal more than just design changes. They bring to light Cinemaissí’s development in professionalization and curatorial vision. You can also notice moments of historical transition in Latin America.
We warmly welcome you to watch video interviews that highlight five historical perspectives on Cinemaissí: from its foundation to the present moment. Laura Gazzotti tells how she wrote the pilot project, Teija Potenze remembers Jaime Potenze’s achievements with nostalgia, Carlos Marroquín revives memories in a projection room, Aime Accorsi recognizes the importance of a safe space far from her origins and Noora Pitkälä emphasizes the invaluable contribution of a multicultural environment.
We are happy and thankful to have you with us in the virtual exploration of our history. Enjoy the journey!
Danilo Cangucu, Doc Archive Project Coordinator