Five docs added to U.S. National Film Registry

The Times of Harvey Milk (pictured) and NFL Films' They Call It Pro Football are among the 25 films added to the Registry this year as "works of enduring importance to American culture."
December 20, 2012

Of the 25 films added to the U.S. Library of Congress’ National Film Registry this year, five are documentaries.

This year, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington named The Augustas, a 16-minute silent film collated from footage taken by amateur filmmaker Scott Nixon between the 1930s and 1950s; Kary Antholis’ Academy Award-winning doc short One Survivor Remembers from 1995; Ellen Bruno’s Samsara: Death and Rebirth in Cambodia from 1990; They Call it Football, the first feature from NFL Films, directed by John Hentz in 1967; and 1985′s Academy Award-winning The Times of Harvey Milk, helmed by Rob Epstein.

Established in 1989 to spotlight the importance of America’s film heritage, each year the Librarian of Congress names 25 films to the National Film Registry that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant. The films have to be at least 10 years old. This year’s selections brings the total number of films in the registry thus far to 600.

“These films are not selected as the ‘best’ American films of all time, but rather as works of enduring importance to American culture,” said Billington in a statement regarding the full list of 25 films added this year. “They reflect who we are as a people and as a nation.”

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