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Discussion with experts and enthuiasts

12 November 2022, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
at Metropolis Cinema (Kleine Theaterstr. 10, 20354 Hamburg)
and online
Free Admission

Film and sound recordings as well as photos will be taken at the event. More Information: Foto- und Videohinweis

Open Memory Box

GDR amateur films - East German daily life in digital format

In addition to official and commercial film productions, amateur-film recordings have increasingly become the focus of use as a film source in recent years. One of the largest collections of private 8mm amateur films was assembled on the initiative of Prof. Laurence McFalls, from the University of Montreal and Alberto Herskovits, a German-Swedish documentary filmmaker, with the support of numerous national and international sponsors. The online-published archive contains the films of 149 families from 102 locations of the former GDR in the period of 1947 to 1990. In addition to this privately initiated collection, film heritage institutions such as the Federal Archives or the Filmmuseum Potsdam also secure amateur films. We talk with the panellists about the initial-spark for dealing with amateur films. What are the user interests? Will the collections be expanded? How is access made possible? A selection of films as part of the panel discussion is intended to arouse curiosity about a complementary perspective on the history of the GDR.

  • Prof. Laurence McFalls, Université de Montréal
  • Alberto Herskovits, Altofilm, Stockholm
  • Dr. Ralf Forster, Filmmuseum Potsdam

Moderation: Undine Beier, Bundesarchiv

The forum took place both as a face-to-face event in the cinema Metropolis and at the same time online with Zoom. 
Registration is not required to attend the in-person event, but is encouraged at:

For online participation you can register here (Zoom). We use the tool Zoom Meeting. Online participants can take part in the discussion via the chat.

The event will be recorded.

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