Premiering during the Tribeca Film Festival, the History of Memory is a short documentary film that celebrates the power of printed photographs. Created by The Garage by HP and RedGlass Pictures, the Tribeca X award-winning film features stories of real people whose lives were forever changed by the discovery, creation, or preservation of a photograph.
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About the film: In ‘At First Sight,’ a deep connection is made across continents after the exchange of two images. ‘A Secret Album’ tells the story of a woman who discovers her true self after uncovering a hidden family photo album. ‘China Lost and Found’ shows how the memories of an entire generation were saved from destruction by a French archivist digging through the trash. And after many years in foster care, a teenager and his adoptive mother make up for lost time by creating a new kind of family announcement in ‘It’s a Boy.’
From Florida to India, Beijing to New Orleans, each story in History of Memory, reminds us that the most important memories are those which we cherish, share, and protect.
“It’s hard to imagine that from seeing a photograph you could spend a lifetime together. It sounds like a fairytale, but it actually can happen and it did happen.”
Harbinder Singh, “At First Sight”
“Suddenly now I have a whole other family to get to know and see my mother in them and them in my mother. It’s incredible. This journey started with an absence of photographs and now this is my own photo album.”
Gail Lukasik, “A Secret Album”
“I look back on the photos and they make me happy. They’re something I always wanted and I felt like I needed them to feel like part of a family.”
Latrelle Higgins, “It’s a Boy”
“Photography means more than just a picture. It has preserved memories from my entire life. Without these photos my memories would be forgotten.”
Mr. Xu, “China Lost and Found”