Public Prosecutor's Office attributes fire at Cinemateca to error in exchange for management

Attorney Gustavo Torres Soares claims that the lack of a management entity was responsible for the tragedy in the collection

RONALDO SILVA/FUTURA PRESS/ESTADÃO CONTEÚDO – 07/29/2021 Fire hit the Cinemateca Brasileira last Thursday, 29

O Federal Public Ministry (MPF) positioned itself about the fire in Brazilian Cinematheque and said the damages are still being assessed. sAccording to the MPF, the saving of the remaining material and the prevention of a new tragedy will be prioritized, and only then will a new management entity be implemented for the Cinemateca and the individual responsibilities will be determined. O prosecutor Gustavo Torres Soares, who is in charge of the Cinemateca case, said that the big mistake is in the transition of management between 2019 and 2020. lack of management and the danger it resulted. It happens that since then the Cinemateca has continued without a management entity and this lack of management caused the tragedy and could cause similar tragedies”, said Torres Soares.

The Cinemateca’s warehouse caught fire last Thursday, 19th, and much of the largest audiovisual collection in Latin America was burned. THEThe causes of the accident are still being investigated, but the first hypothesis is that the fire started with a technical failure during a repair to the air conditioning in one of the shed’s rooms. O This case, which was being investigated by the Civil Police, is now transferred to the Federal Police. O The request for the PF to investigate the case was made by the Special Secretariat for Culture, which is responsible for administering the Cinemateca. Marcelo Lima is an engineer and president of Instituto Sprinkler Brasil, an organization that deals with fire prevention in the country. FORFor him, accidents like this don’t happen by chance and can be avoided.

Marcelo says that most museums are afraid to use the Sprinkler system, which are those “showers” ​​that stay on the ceiling and pour water when a fire starts, because they think they can be activated from nowhere and flood the place. Nhowever, he explains that the system is very safe and the sprinklers are placed in the right place and do not release large amounts of water. O engineer says that, in the last 21 years, there have been 10 fires in public properties and that this cannot continue happening. “OBrasil is setting a bad example in the world. If we take it from the 20th century to now, we had at least 10 major fires in heritage buildings. Catastrophic fires. It’s not normal, it’s not something we should accept as if it were a fatality. If this is happening, we need to be careful, we need to take care of the health of the building and the protection system”, defended Marcelo Lima.

Maria Dora Mourão, professor of Cinema, Radio and Television at ECA-USP and former president of the Brazilian Society for Cinema and Audiovisual Studies, believes that there is a lack of support for culture in Brazil. “THE Cinemateca’s great crisis begins in 2013 and it is indeed fighting against its problems and against this counterculture movement. In general, there is a lack of public policy for culture in this country. This makes these events so painful, because we don’t know now how this will be recomposed, how it will be reconstituted”, said the professor. The Fire Department carried out a surveillance inspection at the Cinemateca and carried out a warning at the establishment for not having the AVCB certificate, which attests to the safety of the buildings. sAccording to the firefighters, a period of 180 days was given for the regularization to be carried out.

*With information from reporter Camila Yunes

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