Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese released a video with a powerful message that urges the government of Uruguay to support local cinema and its extensive film library, called La Cinemateca, which continues to face serious financial troubles.

“A society that supports its cinema, is a wise society, and that’s why I want to send this message to the Uruguayan people and their government, to keep supporting their cinema, their authors, and the Cinemateca,” said Scorsese in the almost 30 second video clip.

La Cinemateca de Uruguay was created over 60 years ago and now houses approximately 20,000 Uruguayan and international film works. The institution funds four highly visited movie theaters, known for screening independent and international films that are not readily available anywhere else in the country.

It’s latest campaign titled #SoyCinemateca is being used to raise awareness on various social media platforms. Uruguayan singer Jorge Drexler, Argentine actress Mercedes Moran and Spanish film director Javier Rebollo also echoed Scorsese’s message with their own short videos.

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