in cooperation with the DFG-research project "History of the Documentary film in Germany (1945-2005)"
cinefest 2014 and the 27th International Film History Conference will look at trends that have developed in documentary films since the 1960’s, when innovations such as lightweight 16mm equipment and video started influencing the making of films. In addition, we will also investigate the interesting and controversial mixture between documentary and fiction which developed in later years.
Throughout the festival and conference, we will span the gap and look into connections between the classics of the 1960s and 1970s and modern day issues such as globalization, environmental degradation, food industries, and nuclear energy as well as influences the internet and social media have had on public opinion.
For an international perspective, influential films from Czechoslovakia, Great Britain, France, and other countries will be screened.
Since it first emerged as a popular medium, cinema has been subjected to censorship from a broad cross section of society. What started with small town police officers and narrow-minded teachers enforcing their opinions progressed to government institutions enforcing newly established censorship laws. Throughout history, changes in social structure as well as in sexual politics have directly influenced the limits of what was considered acceptable on the screen and repeatedly, political upheavals have sparked a tide of banned and forbidden films.
Cinefest 2013 will reopen famous cases of censorship, looking at films that were put under lock and key in a variety of situations: by the Nazis when they came to power in 1933, by the Communist party in East Germany, or by the Warsaw Pact states after their invasion of Czechoslovakia. Following the example of the BBFC – which has recently celebrated its centenary in London – we will examine the progression from film “censorship” to film “classification”.
In March and April the Murnau Filmtheater in Wiesbaden will show part of the cinefest film programme. The programme is accompanied by the exhibition which we presented last November in Hamburg. more
From March 13-18, the Ponrepo cinema in Prague will present part of the cinefest film programme more
from 15 - 23 November the 11th cinefest will take place in Hamburg. Flyer cinefest 2014