On the occasion of this year's World Day for Audiovisual Heritage we are excited to announce a new thematic collection on EFG focusing on reconstruction efforts after WWII in Europe, particularly in the Czech Republic, France, Germany and Italy. This collection is one of the results of the EU-funded research project "VICTOR-E: Visual Culture of Trauma, Obliteration and Reconstruction in Post-WW II Europe", in which researchers from the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, the Université Paris 1 – Sorbonne Panthéon, the Università degli Studi di Udine and the Goethe University Frankfurt examine how audiovisual representations of public spaces – and particularly the documentation of war damage and of reconstruction efforts –, have shaped the politics, policies and polities of post-WW II Europe.
Supported by the project's associated partners from the film archive sector, namely the Association des Cinematheques Europennes, the Archivio Nazionale Cinema Impresa, Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum, and Narodni Filmovy Archiv (Prague), the European Film Gateway now gives access to a selection of the films relevant to the project's research focus.
Thanks to the kind collaboration of further film archives from various countries, EFG today features close to 450 films related to VICTOR-E. The thematic collection will grow further over the next months with more archives in the process of preparing their contributions.
In addition, in early 2022, EFG will also give access to a Virtual Exhibition curated by the researchers of the VICTOR-E project which will present research results and contextualize selected films in depths.
The VICTOR-E project runs until April 2022 and will hold its final conference in Paris from April 20-22. It is funded by HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area).
Read more about the new thematic collection "Reconstruction in Europe after the Second World War" and watch related films here.
Find the Call for Papers for Victor-E's final conference here.