Black Rock CT Library: Save and Burn - A Documentary by Julian Samuel

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Real Estate Agent with William Raveis Real Estate RES.0772823
Thursday, December 8th
6:30 PM
Black Rock Branch

TheophilSave and Burn - A documentary by Julian Samuel

(A part of the Library Science/Artspace statewide Film Festival and New Haven exhibition in collaboration with the Connecticut Library Consortium.)

Click here for Film Festival and Exhibit info.

Save and Burn deepens our understanding of the history of civilization through the phenomenon of the library. From ancient China, India, Islam, and the Graeco Roman world, we see how the library radiated knowledge and spiritual values, and facilitated the cross fertilization of ideas from one culture to another.
 Save and Burn puts the institution of the library within a startling political context. Generally considered a preserver of culture, the documentary points out how libraries are subject to the ideologies of their time and place ­ and not above them, as may have been assumed.
The film assays the commercialization of libraries, the irresponsible weeding and closing of libraries, the excesses of copyright law, but most of all, the fact that the West has not recognized the Orient for much of its cultural heritage..

The film is packed with provocative ideas. Historically, libraries have been used to promote or inhibit democratic debate, with a nod to the Patriot Act. The filmmaker combines exquisite footage of the Alexandrian Library, the Library of Trinity College, Dublin, and Bromley House in Nottingham. Interviews include Tom Twiss, Government Information Librarian, University of Pittsburgh, who describes the destruction of Palestinian libraries by Israeli soldiers, as well as the fate of Iraqi libraries during the “liberation.”

Julian Samuel is a Montreal-based film-maker and writer. Earlier work examined the contemporary relationship between the West, the Middle East and Asia. His most recent documentaries include The Library in Crises (2002), Save and Burn (2004) and Atheism (2006). His published writings are: Lone Ranger in Pakistan, The Raft of the Medusa; Into the European Mirror (transcripts and commentaries); and his first novel, Passage to Lahore.

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