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The Paul Leduc Archive Microsite Was Presented as Part of the 21st FICM

Gabriela Martínez

As part of the 21st Morelia International Film Festival (FICM), the microsite Paul Leduc Archive was presented in the presence of Hugo Villa Smythe, General Director of Film Activities of UNAM, researcher Israel Rodríguez, and the children of the legendary filmmaker, Valentina and Juan Leduc.

Valentina Leduc
Valentina Leduc

The Paul Leduc Archive is the result of three years of conservation, cataloging and digitization of thousands of documents; scripts, photographs, press releases, and posters, among others. All of these will be housed in the Documentation Center of the UNAM Film Archive from now on. In addition, its digital version can be consulted free of charge by anyone interested in the work of this great filmmaker.

The project to create the Paul Leduc Archive arose in 2020, thanks to the call for Support for the Creation and Preservation of Film Collections issued by the Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE). The outcome, a virtual collection with free and open access, was the result of the archival work carried out by experts in cataloguing, conservation and documentary digitization, as well as the programming and design work developed by the UNAM Film Archive team.

Juan Leduc
Juan Leduc

During her speech, Valentina Leduc thanked FOCINE, Estudio Churubusco, and the Film Archive for making this collection possible. The collection is made up of 57 film archives, including twelve short films and thirteen feature films; fourteen non-film archives; three television series; and five pieces of content made for children by the director.

Juan Leduc highlighted the value of this collection, considering it a way of looking into the past, because in his father's work "there is a reading of the country."

Hugo Villa, Israel
Hugo Villa, Israel Rodríguez

This virtual collection aims to reactivate the filmmaker's work, providing public access for open consultation, searches, browsing and viewing of documents, for diffusion, academic and research purposes, all free of charge. The ultimate goal is for free access to this collection of documents and photographs that the filmmaker kept throughout his life to enrich audiences not only regarding the work of this creator but also the history of Mexican cinema.