In April 1997, the Getty Conservation Institute's documentary on the bas-reliefs of the Royal Palaces of Abomey won the Gold Award for documentaries at the 30th Worldfest-Houston, the Houston International Film Festival. History Told on Walls was selected as the best production in the arts and culture category. Approximately 150 documentaries were in competition at the festival.
Written, produced, and directed by Pedro Pablo Celedón, who has worked on a number of GCI video projects, History Told on Walls presents the story of the royal bas-reliefs and the culture that created them. It was produced as part of a major project of the Institute, which collaborated with the government of Benin on the conservation of the oldest remaining royal bas-reliefs in Abomey. The video production interweaves a depiction of the conservation work with the history of the Kingdom of Dahomey and the continuing cultural traditions of the Benin people.