Pathway: News from WWII

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    The war that shaped much of our social and political reality today has been examined time and again in documentary, fiction, and animation films; in TV broadcasts and series; and in literature, academic manuscripts, and thousands of other books. Still, filmmakers are capable of surprising us with news! Stories and realities from WWII that we did not know about or that fell off our view, the sub-narratives of a war we think we knew in full, can still be found. These filmmakers excavate archives and weave together perspectives that enrich our understanding of what happened back then and, maybe more importantly, what is happening today.

    Films in this Pathways

    Babi Yar. Context

    • Sergei Loznitsa
    • 2021

      A reconstruction based entirely on archive footage of the mass execution in 1941 of some 33,000 Jews, in a ravine near the then German-occupied city of Kiev. From the lead up to the massacre to its aftermath.

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      Journey to the Sun

      • Susana de Sousa Dias, Ansgar Schaefer
      • 2021

        Archive films bring to life the bittersweet memories of Austrians who as preschoolers were sent to stay with host families in Portugal to recuperate after the Second World War.

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        Now Is the Past – My Father, Java & the Phantom Films

        • Shin-ichi Ise
        • 2021

          Japanese filmmaker Shin-ichi Ise traces the route taken by his father, a film editor who made propaganda films in Indonesia during the Second World War, when Japan claimed to liberate Asian countries from colonialism. Eyewitnesses tell their stories.

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          O, Collecting Eggs Despite the Times

          • Pim Zwier
          • 2021

            A fascinating archive film about the oologist Max Schönwetter, who devoted his life to the study of birds’ eggs. He collected 19,206 beautiful specimens, from birds ranging from the tiny warbler to the rhea. In the meantime, WWII was looming.

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            Three Minutes – A Lengthening

            • Bianca Stigter
            • 2021

              In found vacation footage from 1938, the Jewish residents of a Polish village wave cheerfully at the camera. Who were they? Bianca Stigter’s quest for answers postpones their inevitable fate, creating a cinematic Holocaust memorial.

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              Turn Your Body to the Sun

              • Aliona van der Horst
              • 2021

                The powerful story of a Soviet soldier who was a prisoner of war during the Second World War and afterwards sent to a gulag. His daughter never got to hear the whole story. Archive footage and personal sources evoke the past in subtle but potent ways.

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