Since the silent documentaries of Robert J. Flaherty—whose Samoa-shot 1926 Moana with Sound features in this series—filmmakers have been creating living records of cultures captured at a particular moment of time. This collection documents highlights cinema’s power as a medium for witnessing and archiving, offering precious glimpses of workers extracting salt from the sea around Venezuela’s Araya Peninsula (Araya), the lives of Native Americans in LA’s long-razed Bunker Hill (The Exiles), sex workers doing the rounds from Bangkok to Mexico (Whores’ Glory), and much more. Voyages to distant places and far-off times, held in eternal proximity thanks to the camera’s eye.