“A fire is currently consuming a 6,500-square meter warehouse in western São Paulo, owned by the Cinemateca Brasileira, the institution responsible for preserving Brazil’s cinema archive. Initial reports suggest that a short-circuit in the air conditioning system may have sparked the blaze.
While the fire brigade reports no victims, the building is home to archives of highly flammable 35 mm and 16 mm film. […]
For many in Brazil, the Cinemateca Brasileira is an eerie reminder of how poorly cultural venues are treated in Brazil. In 2015, the Portuguese Language Museum in São Paulo was destroyed by fire and will only reopen this weekend, six years later. And in 2018, roughly 90 percent of Rio de Janeiro’s National Museum — the oldest in Brazil — was consumed by flames which almost led the building to collapse, which once worked as the residence of Brazil’s old imperial family.”