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Fragments of hundreds of films from around the world, from the early years of the medium, bring together an ensemble cast of actors with one thing in common: each is no longer alive. Together, they contend with a fragile existence lived solely through these traces of their work. Existing only on a single 35mm print, The Afterlight is a rare gem of a film that constructs an original narrative through collective memory. Every time the print is shown, it becomes further eroded by wear and time, until it fades forever. This exquisite film captures the tactile beauty of the physical print, and a traditional tale that evokes the magic of the past.