I recently got hold of our family's Super 8 films from the 70s. When I had them digitised I found two films which had been sliced together. The problem was, they were someone else's family!!
I'm guessing that my dad (a massive hoarder/collector)must have picked them up at Trash and Treasure in Adelaide sometime in the past 30 years.
The films were taken in 1970 and 1971. The first film (1970) depicts a man returning to Italy to visit his family. It looks like southern Italy and is pretty rural. The second film (1971) depicts the man returning to his home (I'm guessing that it is the USA). He's brought his folks back with him and the film centres around their family activities. He's obviously quite well off, so much so that he's had a Fiat imported to the USA!
Someone took these films, spliced them together and made rudimentary titles, so they took care.
The films mattered to someone. Super 8s were expensive and they would be the only copies.
So what do I do with them?
I've thought of putting the digitised version onto YouTube and doing a shout out - is this your Family?
But what if my dad had picked up the film at Trash and Treasure because the family had a big row and threw the films away, never wanting to see them again?
What if they are the only records this family has, and somehow they lost them and would like them back?
I feel a great sense of responsibility knowing how much Super 8s mean to so many of us.
I genuinely have an ethical dilemma! What should I do?