This four-part screening programme invites us to think about the role of archives in shaping collective memory, histories and stories.
Archives were created as centralised repositories of record-producing public agencies in an attempt to preserve a singular history. Across the centuries colonialists, dictators and conquistadors saught to control history, wielding its power to shape the future. However, history is mutable, partial, messy, and the story of the future rests on a more truthful, nuanced account.
The democratisation of the capture, storage and reinterpretation of information in the last 100 years has opened up archives to a reappraisal of the past shaped by multiple perspectives. As the films in this programme demonstrate, in the course of one short century, archives have become a means to write alternative histories and to speak back to power.