World Cinema Foundation
The World Cinema Foundation is a non-profit organization
Non-profit organization
Nonprofit organization is neither a legal nor technical definition but generally refers to an organization that uses surplus revenues to achieve its goals, rather than distributing them as profit or dividends...

 devoted to the preservation and restoration of neglected world cinema
World cinema
World cinema is a term used primarily in English language speaking countries to refer to the films and film industries of non-English speaking countries. It is therefore often used interchangeably with the term foreign film...


It was founded in 2007, inspired by the work of The Film Foundation
The Film Foundation
The Film Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to film preservation founded by director Martin Scorsese in 1990.-External links:*...

 in the United States, a similar venture which Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
Martin Charles Scorsese is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, actor, and film historian. In 1990 he founded The Film Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to film preservation, and in 2007 he founded the World Cinema Foundation...

 founded with George Lucas
George Lucas
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, Stanley Kubrick
Stanley Kubrick
Stanley Kubrick was an American film director, writer, producer, and photographer who lived in England during most of the last four decades of his career...

, Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
Steven Allan Spielberg KBE is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, video game designer, and studio entrepreneur. In a career of more than four decades, Spielberg's films have covered many themes and genres. Spielberg's early science-fiction and adventure films were seen as an...

 and Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
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 in 1990.

The World Cinema Foundation is backed by an advisory board "Filmmaker Council" which includes Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
Martin Charles Scorsese is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, actor, and film historian. In 1990 he founded The Film Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to film preservation, and in 2007 he founded the World Cinema Foundation...

, Fatih Akin
Fatih Akin
Fatih Akın is a German film director, screenwriter and producer of Turkish descent.- Personal life :Akın was born in 1973 in Hamburg to parents of Turkish ethnicity...

, Souleymane Cissé
Souleymane Cissé
-Biography:Raised in a Muslim family, Souleymane Cissé was a passionate cinephile from childhood. He attended secondary school in Dakar, and returned to Mali in 1960 after national independence....

, Guillermo Del Toro
Guillermo del Toro
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, Stephen Frears
Stephen Frears
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, Alejandro González Iñárritu
Alejandro González Iñárritu
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, Wong Kar-Wai
Wong Kar-wai
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, Abbas Kiarostami
Abbas Kiarostami
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, Deepa Mehta
Deepa Mehta
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, Ermanno Olmi
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, Raoul Peck
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, Cristi Puiu
Cristi Puiu
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, Walter Salles
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, Abderrahmane Sissako
Abderrahmane Sissako
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, Elia Suleiman
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, Bertrand Tavernier
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, Wim Wenders
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, and Tian Zhuangzhuang
Tian Zhuangzhuang
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After leaving his position at the Film Society of Lincoln Center
Film Society of Lincoln Center
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, Kent Jones
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 became the foundation's executive director.

Restored films

  • Trances
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     (1981), directed by Ahmed El Maanouni
  • Limite
    Limite (film)
    Limite is a film by Brazilian director and writer Mario Peixoto , filmed in 1930 and first screened in 1931.Sometimes cited as the greatest of all Brazilian films, this 120-minute silent experimental feature by novelist Peixoto, who never completed another film, was seen by Orson Welles and won the...

     (1931), directed by Mário Peixoto
    Mario Peixoto
    Mário Rodrigues Breves Peixoto was mainly known for his first and only film Limite, a silent experimental film filmed in 1930 and premiered in Rio de Janeiro on 17 May 1931. Peixoto wrote, directed and took up a minor role in the film...

  • Forest of the Hanged
    Forest of the Hanged
    Forest of the Hanged is a 1964 Romanian drama film directed by Liviu Ciulei, and based on the eponymous novel by Liviu Rebreanu. Ciulei won the award for Best Director at the 1965 Cannes Film Festival...

     (1964), directed by Liviu Ciulei
    Liviu Ciulei
    Liviu Ciulei was a Romanian theater and film director, film writer, actor, architect, educator, costume and set designer. During a career spanning over 50 years, he was described by Newsweek as "one of the boldest and most challenging figures on the international scene".-Biography:Born in...

  • Dry Summer (1964), directed by Metin Erksan
    Metin Erksan
    Metin Erksan is a Turkish film director and art historian.- Biography :...

  • Touki Bouki
    Touki Bouki
    Touki Bouki is a 1973 Senegalese drama film, directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty. It was shown at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival....

     (1973), directed by Djibril Diop Mambéty
    Djibril Diop Mambéty
    Djibril Diop Mambéty was a Senegalese film director, actor, orator, composer and poet. Though he made only a small number of films, they received international acclaim for their original and experimental cinematic technique and non-linear, unconventional narrative style. Born to a Muslim family...

  • The Housemaid (1960), directed by Kim Ki-young
    Kim Ki-young
    Kim Ki-young was a South Korean film director, known for his intensely psychosexual and melodramatic horror films, often focusing on the psychology of their female characters. Kim was born in Seoul during the Japanese occupation, raised in Pyongyang and spent time in Japan, where he became...

  • The Night of Counting the Years
    The Night of Counting the Years
    The Night of Counting the Years, a.k.a. The Mummy is a 1969 Egyptian film directed by Shadi Abdel Salam. It was Salam's first feature film. Egyptian critics consistently list it as one of the most important Egyptian films ever made...

     (1969), directed by Shadi Abdel Salam
  • A Brighter Summer Day
    A Brighter Summer Day
    A Brighter Summer Day is a nearly four-hour long, 1991 Taiwanese drama film directed by Taiwanese director Edward Yang...

     (1991), directed by Edward Yang
    Edward Yang
    Edward Yang , along with Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Tsai Ming Liang, was one of the leading filmmakers of the Taiwanese New Wave and Taiwanese Cinema. He won the Best Director Award at Cannes for his 2000 film Yi Yi .-Biography:...

  • Redes
    Redes (film)
    Redes is a Mexican film, released in 1936, about a fishing community. The English language title is The Wave, although the Spanish language title refers to nets....

     (1936), directed by Emilio Gómez Muriel & Fred Zinneman
  • The Red Flute
    The Red Flute
    The Red Flute is a 1989 Soviet drama film directed by Yermek Shinarbayev. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival.-Cast:* Aleksandr Pan* Valentina Te* Kasym Zhakibayev* Lyubov Germanova* Oleg Li...

     (1989), directed by Yermek Shinarbayev
    Yermek Shinarbayev
    Yermek Shinarbayev is a Soviet film director. His film Mest was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival.-Filmography:* Sestra moya, Lyusya * Vyyti iz lesa na polyanu * Mest...

  • Két lány az utcán (1939), directed by André de Toth
    André De Toth
    André de Toth was a Hungarian-American filmmaker, born and raised in Makó, Csongrád, Kingdom of Hungary Austro-Hungarian Empire. He directed the 3-D film House of Wax, despite being unable to see in 3-D himself, having lost an eye at an early age. He is known for his gritty B movies in the western...

  • Titash Ekti Nadir Naam
    Titash Ekti Nadir Naam
    Titash Ekti Nadir Naam is a 1973 Bengali film directed by Ritwik Ghatak. The movie was based on a novel by the same name, written by Advaita Malla Burman. The movie explores the life of the fishermen on the bank of the Titash River in Brahmanbaria, Bangladesh.Rosy Samad, Golam Mostafa, Kabori,...

     (1973), directed by Ritwik Ghatak
  • The Eloquent Peasant
    The Eloquent Peasant
    The Eloquent Peasant is an Ancient Egyptian story about a peasant, Khun-Anup, who stumbles upon the property of the noble Rensi son of Meru, guarded by its harsh overseer, Nemtynakht. It is set in the Ninth/Tenth dynasty around Herakleopolis.-Story Summary:...

      (1969), directed by Shadi Abdel Salam
  • Hudutlarin Kanunu (1966), directed by Lutfi Akad
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