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The Arc of Oblivion

December 27, 2023, 8:00 AM5:00 PM

The Arc of Oblivion is an unexpectedly playful search for an answer to a deeply existential question: In a universe that erases its tracks, why are we so hellbent on leaving a trace? This may seem an unusual concern for those involved in photography and motion pictures, which first offered humanity an opportunity to accurately preserve images. Set against the backdrop of a quixotic quest to build an ark in a field in Maine, Ian Cheney’s film heads far afield–to salt mines in the Alps, fjords in the Arctic, and ancient libraries in the Sahara–to illuminate the strange world of archives, record-keeping, and memory. This is that exceptional documentary that poses a serious question and makes the journey to finding an answer surprisingly fun. We are excited to be able to offer the opportunity to see this film and even more excited that filmmaker Ian Cheney will join us to answer questions and participate in our discussion.

In English, and in French with English subtitles.

(Not Rated, 105 min., 2023)

Part of Cinema Explorations, a wintertime community-curated film series. Free admission, made possible by the Colby Center for the Arts and Humanities.



December 27, 2023
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM


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