EXPLORING FILM ARCHIVING IN MALAYSIA OR PRESERVATION AND CONSERVATION OF VISUAL HISTORY
The Malaysian film industry has entered the digital industry when all production and national broadcasting companies shifted to digital equipment and facilities. This raises the issue on how to preserve local films from here on out regardless of the video recording method. While there are some government institutions tasked with digitising and preserving films (negatives) in Malaysia, little is known about the procedure, protocol, and priority of this development. Through in-depth interviews with key personnel from National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS) and Arkib Negara, the study investigates the fate of Malaysian films especially the ones produced using film format. Finding indicates that while there are intensive work conducted by both repository institutions to digitise archived films, priorities are given to film documentaries and government-related news coverage thus setting aside the jewels of Malaysian historical and classical feature films towards uncertain future.
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