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Throughout the years of conflict, Baalbeck Studios continued to produce films sporadically, reopening in the 1990s, only to close for good some years later.The UMAM team rushed to the site, where they began to collect documents and film reels.UMAM became custodian of some 600 film reels, as well as several tons of documents relating to all aspects of the studio's history, from financing to cinema projects, both completed and speculative.On show is looped footage from some of the recovered film reels, salvaged equipment, and a wonderful selection of old film posters and brochures, donated to UMAM D&R by Aboudi Abou Jaudeh.The problem, Borgmann explains three years on, is that the machinery needed to digitize the damaged film doesn't exist in Lebanon, and state support and funding for cultural projects is almost nonexistent.There are two possible solutions for saving the film, Borgmann adds. One is to send the film abroad to be digitized, a costly and logistically complicated process. The other is to attempt to raise enough money to cover the cost of purchasing the machinery needed to digitize the films in Lebanon.
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