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Discussion with experts and enthuiasts

»Forbidden film heritage«?

Digitized Nazi films from the holdings of the Federal Archives

on Saturday, November 18th, 2023, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m
in Metropolis Cinema
(Kleine Theaterstr. 10, 20354 Hamburg)
and online

Free Admission

Films from the Nazi era are part of German film history and have been extensively preserved in German (film) archives. Also these film works should be secured and accessible to future generations. As part of the FFE funding, the Federal Archives submitted and completed several films from this period for funding. On the panel we will discuss the Federal Archives’ accessibility strategy and the presentation of the Nazi film heritage as a whole.

  • Petra Rauschenbach, Head of the film archive department at the Federal Archives
  • Christiane von Wahlert, Chairman of the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation, Wiesbaden
  • Prof. Dr. Paul Klimpel, iRights.Law Rechtsanwälte, Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Martin Loiperdinger, University Trier

Moderation: Fabian Tietke, Film historian and author, Berlin

The forum took place both as a face-to-face event in the cinema Metropolis and at the same time online with Zoom.

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.

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

Review of the 2022 forum:

Open Memory Box

GDR amateur films - East German daily life in digital format

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

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 at the Metropolis Cinema and at the same time online using Zoom.

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