The Harvard Film Archive is in solidarity with all those who suffer and are in pain because of systematic racism and social injustice. We applaud those who protest and speak out and demand change. The brazen and tragic murders of black men and women in recent days have yet again made starkly clear a terrible disequilibrium in American society that must be corrected. Black lives matter. We mourn with anger the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor and countless others before them.

The cinema has the power to witness, to reveal and even to heal. As a cinematheque and as an archive, the Harvard Film Archive pledges to do much more to advance a film culture at Harvard and in the greater Cambridge/Boston area that includes artists traditionally excluded from the canon, including black filmmakers, and to advance knowledge in new areas through the acquisition, preservation and promotion of films and moving image collections that speak directly to the dire issues facing American society. The Harvard Film Archive recognizes the importance and urgency of attentively watching, listening and learning from those whose images have not yet been seen and whose voices have not yet been heard.

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Candid Eyes: The Films of Michel Brault and Claude Jutra

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Dziga Vertov and the Soviet Avant Garde

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Manoel de Oliveira, or Cinema, the Art of Enigma

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Emile de Antonio’s America

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The Complete Joseph L. Mankiewicz

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Harmony & Anarchy

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John Akomfrah. A Poet in the Archives

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The Big Fight All-Night Movie Marathon

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Rediscovering Jacques Becker


Due to the COVID-19 crisis and in accordance with university and state guidelines, the Harvard Film Archive cinematheque and office will be closed until further notice. HFA staff are working remotely on a range of projects and preparing for an eventual reopening, most likely in 2021. While our physical location remains closed, some remote research services and select collections are available online.


The Harvard Film Archive is a cinematheque and a film archive dedicated to the preservation and public exhibition of film. The cinematheque presents films Friday through Monday year round. Open to the public, all screenings are held in the Archive's 200-seat theater featuring state-of-the-art film and digital projection located in the historic Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts.  Read More

The HFA frequently invites filmmakers to discuss their work and engage with the vibrant community of students, professors, artists and cinephiles who regularly attend Archive screenings. Recent visitors include legendary independent filmmakers Wim Wenders, Agnès Varda, Terence Davies, Guy Maddin, Billy Woodberry and Frederick Wiseman.


A division of Harvard Library, the Harvard Film Archive is one of the largest and most significant university-based motion picture collections in the United States, with a collection of well over 36,000 audio visual items from around the world and from almost every period in film history.   Read More

Become a Member of the HFA

The HFA Public Film Program depends on the generous support of members of the community to ensure the health and longevity of our unique blend of programming. You can become a member by filling out and mailing in our Membership Form. Learn More