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The Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library (HIDVL), a collaboration between the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics and New York University Libraries, provides a digital venue for documenting the expression of social and political life through performance in the many political landscapes of the Americas. HIDVL brings together materials that existed only in small private archives that lacked the resources to care for these extraordinary cultural documents. Using the resources of digital technology, we ensure the long-term preservation of these rare videos and make them accessible to viewers around the world. We have also created a trilingual Artist Profile for each artist whose collection is in HIDVL, contextualizing video collections with photos, texts, interviews, bibliographies and additional materials that viewers might find useful.