World Cinema Foundation

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

It was founded in 2007 by Martin Scorsese, inspired by the work of The Film Foundation in the United States, a similar venture which Martin 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,[2] 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.[3]


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