World Cinema Project

  (Redirected from World Cinema Foundation)

The World Cinema Project (WCP) is a non-profit organization devoted to the preservation and restoration of neglected world cinema.

Founded in 2007 as the World Cinema Foundation by Martin Scorsese, it was inspired by the work of The Film Foundation in the United States, a similar venture which Scorsese founded with George Lucas, Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg and Clint Eastwood in 1990.

The World Cinema Foundation is backed by an advisory board "Filmmaker Council" which includes Martin Scorsese, Fatih Akin, Souleymane Cissé, Guillermo Del Toro, Stephen Frears, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Wong Kar-Wai, Abbas Kiarostami, Deepa Mehta, Ermanno Olmi, Raoul Peck, Cristi Puiu, Walter Salles, Abderrahmane Sissako, Elia Suleiman, Bertrand Tavernier, Wim Wenders, and Tian Zhuangzhuang.[1]

After leaving his position at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Kent Jones became the foundation's executive director.

Trances, a music documentary about Nass El Ghiwane an influential Moroccan music group, was picked by Martin Scorsese as the inaugural release for the foundation; it was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007 and at Djemaa el-Fna square in Morocco.[2]

Restored filmsEdit

English title Year Director
After the Curfew 1954 Usmar Ismail
Alyam, Alyam 1978 Ahmed El Maanouni
Black Girl 1966 Ousmane Sembène
Borom Sarret 1963 Ousmane Sembène
The Boys from Fengkuei 1983 Hou Hsiao-hsien
A Brighter Summer Day 1991 Edward Yang
Chronicle of the Years of Fire 1975 Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina
The Cloud-Capped Star 1960 Ritwik Ghatak
The Color of Pomegranates 1969 Sergei Parajanov
Downpour 1971 Bahram Bayzai
Dry Summer[A 1] 1964 Metin Erksan
The Eloquent Peasant 1969 Shadi Abdel Salam
Enamorada 1946 Emilio Fernández
El fantasma del convento 1934 Fernando de Fuentes
Forest of the Hanged 1964 Liviu Ciulei
The Housemaid[A 1] 1960 Kim Ki-young
Insiang[A 2] 1976 Lino Brocka
Kalpana 1948 Uday Shankar
Law of the Border[A 2] 1966 Lüfti Ö. Akad
Limite[A 2] 1931 Mário Peixoto
Lucía 1968 Humberto Solás
Manila in the Claws of Light 1975 Lino Brocka
Memories of Underdevelopment 1968 Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
Muna Moto 1975 Jean-Pierre Dikongué Pipa
Mysterious Object at Noon[A 2] 2000 Apichatpong Weerasethakul
The Night of Counting the Years 1969 Shadi Abdel Salam
Los Olvidados 1950 Luis Buñuel
Pixote 1980 Héctor Babenco
Prisioneros de la tierra 1939 Mario Soffici
Raid into Tibet 1966 Adrian Cowell
Redes[A 1] 1936 Emilio Gómez Muriel & Fred Zinnemann
Revenge[A 2] 1989 Ermek Shinarbaev
A River Called Titas[A 1] 1973 Ritwik Ghatak
Soleil Ô 1967 Med Hondo
Taipei Story[A 2] 1985 Edward Yang
Touki Bouki[A 1] 1973 Djibril Diop Mambéty
Trances[A 1] 1981 Ahmed El Maanouni
The Treasure 1970 Lester James Peries
Two Girls on the Street 1939 André de Toth
Two Monks 1934 Juan Bustillo Oro

Upcoming restorationsEdit

English title Year Director
The Winds of the Aures 1967 Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina
Woman with the Knife 1969 Timité Bassori
Eight Deadly Shots 1972 Mikko Niskanen
Sambizanga 1972 Sarah Maldoror
Faces of Women 1985 Desiré Ecaré


  1. ^ World Cinema Foundation
  2. ^ Official Film Foundation site
  3. ^ "Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Project". The Criterion Collection.
  4. ^ "Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Project No. 2". The Criterion Collection.


  1. ^ a b c d e f Included in the Criterion Collection WCP No. 1 Boxset[3]
  2. ^ a b c d e f Included in the Criterion Collection WCP No. 2 Boxset[4]

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