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University of Coimbra makes available the online archive of the Max Stahl Audiovisual Centre for Timor-Leste

25 february, 2019
Video of the presentation of the online archive at UC
© PIMC

It is possible to access the archive of the Max Stahl Audiovisual Centre for Timor-Leste (CAMSTL) now available at the University of Coimbra (UC). The archive is a synchronized replica of the original archive located in Dili and is available through the UC internet page: www.uc.pt/camstl.

The CAMSTL on-line archive contains over 5000 hours of video material recording the history of East Timor, growing around 400 hours each year. The images of the Santa Cruz massacre, which showed the world the occupation of East Timor by Indonesia, are one of the iconic items of the large CAMSTL collection of videos and documents.

UNESCO considered East Timor as the first nation in history to achieve independence through the power of the audiovisual images that were spread around the world. In 2013, these images were inscribed in the Register of The Memory of the World.

For the author of the images, the journalist Max Stahl, the partnership with UC, established in December 2016, is a “matter of sustainability” and a fundamental step in the preservation of the archive. In Coimbra, “we will move forward securely and confidently”, adds Max Stahl. UC Rector, João Gabriel Silva, underlines the pride of the institution in “playing a small but important role in the preservation of the archive and in the writing of the history of East-Timor”. Near the end of his second term in office, João Gabriel Silva has no doubt that UC “will continue deeply engaged in the development and preservation of this important archive”.

Maria de Lourdes de Sousa, Affairs Attaché to the Eat Timor Embassy in Portugal, was present in the public session, which took place in the Senate Room of the Rectory of UC, and highlighted “the interest and the effort that the University of Coimbra and Max Stahl put in the preservation of this archive”. “We’re very proud. He’s like a brother to the Timorese people”, she added.

UC worked actively in the last two years to preserve and enrich the largest audiovisual repository about the past and present of East Timor and to make it available for researchers and educators. The public display of the CAMSTL archive aims to facilitate the development of projects and partnerships by means of a dependable and sustainable infrastructure put at the disposal of the international academic community. Among the multiple purposes of the archive, we highlight the further development of the archive itself, research, educational and training projects, good-practice dissemination in the management of audiovisual archives and film production.

News article: François Fernandes and Milene Santos
Translation: Rita Maia
Publication date: 25-02-2019