To Save and Project: The 15th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation

The 15th edition of MoMA’s annual international festival of newly preserved films, To Save and Project, features a diverse selection of titles from Asia, Europe, Africa, Latin America, Australia, and the US, in formats ranging from 16mm to Cinerama.

A strong selection of films by women includes narrative features by two major artists, Chantal Akerman and Ida Lupino, as well as avant-garde work by Sheila Paige, Peggy Ahwesh, Barbara Hammer, and Maria Lassnig, and a selection of the travelogues shot in the 1920s and ’30s by the international adventurer Aloha Wanderwell.

Two classics of African cinema, Gaston Kaboré’s Wend Kuuni(1982) and Med Hondo’s Soleil Ô (1970), join work from the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Mexico to illustrate the global reach of current preservation practice, while the classical Hollywood cinema is represented by three restorations from MoMA: Douglas Fairbanks’s The Three Musketeers (1921) and two rediscoveries from William K. Howard, Transatlantic (1931) and Sherlock Holmes (1932).

Organized by Dave Kehr, Curator, Department of Film. Special thanks to Cindi Rowell and Brittany Shaw.

Electronic subtitling provided by Sub-Ti Ltd.

This exhibition is supported by the Annual Film Fund.