Martin Scorsese is launching a brand new initiative in order to restore and preserve classic African movies. In partnership with the Pan African Federation of Filmmakers and UNESCO, they've put together the African Film Heritage Project to work on 50 films which carry "historic, artistic and cultural significance," will be restored.

The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project, which was established in 2007 will lead the way on the project in order "to ensure that the most vulnerable titles don’t disappear forever… Along the way, we’ve come to understand the urgent need to locate and preserve African films title by title in order to ensure that new generations of filmgoers —African filmgoers in particular— can actually see these works and appreciate them,” Scorsese said in a statement. Watch the announcement trailer below.

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