The historical importance of super 8 and 8 mm films
The video above is part of my private collection. It was shot in super 8 by a Spanish filmmaker travelling England in 1974.
It shows footage of minor cities of the country. Apart from that, there's nothing you can watch of those places in that period; at least if there is, it won't be accessible on the internet.
Without my effort—the money I spent to buy the film and the time it took me to restore it—those little pieces of history portrayed on the footage would be lost forever.
This is what gives me the strength to save more films every day.
Until the 1970s, in all of Western Europe there were only a few television channels. In my country, Italy, there were only two, and one in 1000 families could afford a camera.
This means that the real history of those years was caught only by a few amateur directors who recorded their footage on super 8 and 8 mm films, and less frequently on 16 mm. There are no shots of most of the places around Europe, and the rare ones that do exist risk being lost without projects like mine.
Our past is not just made up of great events. It can be just as worthily told by the videos of the Christmas lunches and by those of the people who walked to a market in the 1970s in much less fashionable clothes than people wear today.
My goal is to preserve that part of history, to make it watchable by the future generations when we won’t be here anymore to tell what world it used to be.