Focus: Re-releasing History

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    This focus program includes 11 films comprised entirely of pre-existing footage such as archival material, home movies, and found footage. Marking the next instalment in IDFA’s long-running series about the craft of documentary filmmaking, Re-releasing History looks to the filmmakers’ emotional, political act of re-interpreting history with a new gaze.

    Read the whole story here. Re-releasing History is supported by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision.

    Items in this selection


    • Lucas Gallo
    • 2019

    Excerpts from the TV program 60 minutos and other archive material, primarily originating from the Argentine military dictatorship, document the 74-day Falklands War of 1982.

    The Atomic Cafe

    • Kevin Rafferty, Jayne Loader, Pierce Rafferty
    • 1982

    A satirical documentary about the American government’s attempts to influence public opinion in favor of nuclear weapons in the 1950s. In this compilation, the reassuring tone of the source material evokes a completely contrary response.

    The Danube Exodus

    • Péter Forgács
    • 1998

    Combining material from a diverse range of archives, the prominent Hungarian found-footage filmmaker Pèter Forgács brings to life a footnote from 20th-century history: an exodus in two opposite directions, driven by political forces.

    For One More Hour with You

    • Alina Marazzi
    • 2002

    Director Alina Marazzi uses home videos and diary excerpts to reconstruct the life of her mother, who committed suicide when she was seven years old. Hazy memories form a testimony to the great absence in her life.

    Marshawn Lynch: A History

    • David Shields
    • 2019

    This unconventional portrait of the popular and rebellious American football player Marshawn Lynch consists of over 700 image fragments. What’s the deeper meaning behind his refusal to talk with the media?

    One Day in People’s Poland

    • Maciej Drygas
    • 2005

    This montage of images from the 1960s depicts life as the Polish Communist Party would have liked it to be. Scorching commentary is offered in the form of quotes from archived documents, which bear witness to an obsession with control in a paranoid state.

    Out of the Present

    • Andrei Ujica
    • 1995

    In May 1991, cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev left for the Mir space station from the Soviet Union. When he returned 10 months later, he landed in Russia. What does history look like from space?

    Private History

    • Gábor Bódy, Péter Timár
    • 1978

    “A free selection from a few old amateur films” is the subtitle of Private History. Found footage is edited into chronological order to subtly tell the history of Hungary in the turbulent era between 1920 and 1950.

    State Funeral

    • Sergei Loznitsa
    • 2019

    A montage of previously unreleased material immerses us in the Soviet Union, in the four-day period of mourning following the death of Joseph Stalin on March 5, 1953. This is the grotesque culmination of the personality cult surrounding the dictator.

    Still Life

    • Susana de Sousa Dias
    • 2005

    Portugal’s Carnation Revolution of 1974 brought an end to the longest dictatorship of 20th-century Europe. A collage of news images, propaganda films and police photos sketch a picture of this almost forgotten and barely processed era.

    The Stuart Hall Project

    • John Akomfrah
    • 2013

    A kaleidoscopic journey through both the history of the 20th century and the personal life and ideas of the influential left-wing cultural theorist Stuart Hall. With footage from Hall’s personal archive and tracks by his hero Miles Davis.