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Early Treasures

Early Treasures
Celebrating the UNESCO "World Day for Audiovisual Heritage"

The heritage of Hong Kong cinema is at once rich and fragile.Its preservation is a major goal of the Hong Kong Film Archive. In support of World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, we are presenting two of the Archive's priced titles, Sable Cicada (1938), the earliest Mandarin feature in our collection, and Twin Sisters of the South (1939), the earliest Cantonese feature we can find.

The audiovisual heritage comprises all forms of moving images and recorded sounds, including film. In 2005, the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated October 27 of every year as World Day for Audiovisual Heritage. It is an important part of a global effort to raise awareness of audiovisual documents as an integral part of national identities, the fragility of these documents and the urgent need to protect them.

Activities are organized every year around the world to observe this day, each year with a different theme. For 2009, the theme is "Fading Heritage: We Can Save It." The Hong Kong Film Archive dedicates the screening of Sable Cicada and Twin Sisters of the South to the saving of our fading cinematic heritage.



Last Updated On :25-09-2009