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CNA archives move to increase public access


The Luxembourg CNA (National Audiovisual Centre) has moved to much larger premises in the Dudelange area near the French border. The centre hosts the national archives for audiovisual and photo materials and now has its own cinema, exhibition space and mediatheque, all designed to give the public easier access to the centre’s immense collection.

Since its official opening earlier this month, the centre’s exhibition space DISPLAY01 presents Images caches – Hidden Images, a selection of the centre’s many amateur films that can offer a different view of events past and present. This theme will be further explored in a series of lectures in collaboration with Luxembourg University in January entitled Amateur Images: Valorisation and Manipulation. The mediatheque offers the possibility to consult – and in some cases borrow – related works.

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The centre’s new Starlight Cinema is a welcome addition to the limited number of screens available in the country, with its programming an eclectic mix of the high- and lowbrow. In the coming weeks, mainstream fare such as The Golden Compass and American Gangster will be presented alongside arthouse hits such as My Brother Is an Only Child [+see also:
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A selection of Luxembourg documentaries is also on the menu at the Starlight, which is not surprising, seen that much of the country’s prolific non-fiction output is co-produced by the CNA and extensively relies on its archive materials.

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