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Somewhere in Europe
Posted: 19/September/2017

Somewhere in Europe

Gaudiopolis was one of the many smaller communities in Hungary that set out to build a better world on the ruins of the previous one. The exhibition will present the history of Gaudiopolis along with similar initiatives that were most often born out of the courage, the perseverance and enthusiasm of private individuals (or smaller groups) who were driven by their beliefs in a just and equal society. The research and exhibition project includes both archival materials and works of contemporary art reflecting on the ideas and realities of a Children’s Republic, and it also explores the period of the 2nd Republic of Hungary.

 
Cultural Heritage Days
Posted: 18/September/2017

This year, Blinken OSA participated in the European Heritage Days, and its building, the Goldberger House (built in 1911) was open to the public.

 
Cultural Heritage Days
Posted: 14/September/2017

This year, the Blinken OSA will participate in the European Heritage Days, and its building, the Goldberger House (built in 1911) will be open to the public. As the highlight of the visit, the archival repository will be open to visitors as well. During the two-day event there will be guided tours in Hungarian, on both days at 10:00 a.m. and at 4:00 p.m. (English tours will be organized on demand).

Also, our current exhibition, Afghanistan, Graveyard of Empires: The Soviet War exhibition closes this weekend. On Sunday at 6:00 p.m., as part of the finissage there will be a guided tour of the exhibition (in Hungarian, and in English on demand).
September 16-17, 2017

 
Finissage - Afghanistan, Graveyard of Empires: The Soviet War
Posted: 12/September/2017

September 17, 2017, 6:00 p.m.

Afghanistan, Graveyard of Empires: The Soviet War exhibition

Curatorial tour by András Mink, Historian, Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives

English language tour by Zammis Schein (Sándor Mesterházy), Private Collector

Galeria Centralis, Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives

1051 Budapest, Arany János utca 32.

The Soviet intervention in Afghanistan unleashed the last major international armed struggle of the Cold War period. Retrospectively, it seems paradoxical since Afghanistan had never been a central area of the Cold War before this conflict broke out. The Soviet leadership was initially reluctant to intervene and indeed, it proved to be a fatal decision in every way. It brought a bloody war to Afghanistan with an appalling toll of human life and great suffering. The moral, political, financial and military strain also contributed to a great extent to the collapse of the Soviet empire. In addition, the Soviet intervention reduced the Afghan state to chaos, and the disastrous global consequences of this state failure are still unresolved.

 
Pre-Session Week Begins at Blinken OSA
Posted: 04/September/2017
As in previous years, the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (Blinken OSA) hosts incoming students from the various departments of the Central European University for short orientation sessions introducing them to the world of archives in the 21st century. The sessions are held every day of the current week (September 4-8, 2017).
 
Afghanistan, Graveyard of Empires: The Soviet War
Posted: 05/August/2017

Afghanistan, Graveyard of Empires: The Soviet War - Exhibition

VERNISSAGE: June 21, 2017, 6:00 p.m.

Opening Remarks by

András Mink, Historian, Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives

Zammis Schein (Sándor Mesterházy)

In cooperation with
Zammis Schein Collection
Afghan Center for Kabul University
Muzeum Shuravi, Yekaterinbur
Oriental Collection, Library of the Hungarian Academy of Science

Curated by Mihály Dobrovits, András Mink
Advisor: Zammis Schein

special thanks to

Shaharzad Akbar OSF-Kabul, Anthony Richter, OSF-New York, Julia Sakr-Tierney, OSF-New York

Galeria Centralis, Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives

1051 Budapest, Arany János utca 32.

 

The exhibition is open between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. every day except Monday from June 22nd until September 17th, 2017. Free admission.

 
Poverty Revisited conference videos available online
Posted: 19/July/2017
All the presentations and panel discussions of the September 2016 OSA conference “Poverty Revisited”, organized on the occasion of making the documentary heritage of outstanding sociologist István Kemény publicly accessible, are now available online here. The 28 short films (in Hungarian) also include the illustrations and background materials of the presentations and discussions.
 
Library migration promo
Posted: 28/June/2017
Blinken OSA library records have been integrated into CEU Library Catalog.In a joint initiative with CEU Library to better serve the CEU community and the broader public, the records of Blinken OSA’s extensive collection of periodicals, films, and reference books related to the Cold War, Communism, international human rights and the archival profession are now available through the CEU Library catalog.Magazines, journals, daily newspapers and small-circulation regional publications, running to more than 6,400 titles, document life "behind the Iron Curtain" and the history of Communism in the Central and East-European region.The film collection includes over 4,000 titles, in almost 100 languages, with an exceptionally broad range of documentary, propaganda and fiction films as well as submissions to the Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival.Library and Film library materials of Blinken OSA can be requested as usual at the Blinken OSA Research Room in Goldberger House.
 
Call For Papers for the Blinken OSA Symposium
Posted: 26/June/2017
Spectrum of Communism | A kommunizmus kísérleteNovember 16-17, 2017Commemorating the centennial of the Bolshevik revolution within the framework of the 2-year WHAT’S LEFT? program series, Blinken OSA invites historians, social scientists, artists and a broad community to take part in the forthcoming 2-day symposium SPECTRUM OF COMMUNISM, which addresses artistic and intellectual legacy of 1917 and dynamics of left-wing political thought and artistic practice in a transnational context. The prospective participants are invited to apply directly to one of the following sections, outlining how their presentation fits within a broader range of questions. Selected participants are expected to hold 20 minutes presentations and take part in general discussion on the set of questions addressed by their section. The symposium will take place at The Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (OSA) at Central European University (CEU) which is a repository of important collections related to the history of the Cold War and grave international human rights violations, and a laboratory of archival experiments on new ways of assessing, contextualizing, presenting, and making use of archival documents. The symposium will be accompanied by film screenings within the framework of 14th Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival.Application deadline: July 30, 2017. No registration fee.Program Committee at Blinken OSA, CEU:András MinkOksana Sarkisova Ivan Székely Katalin Székely Csaba Szilágyi Katalin GádorosNora UngárIn cooperation with Péter Apor (Institute of History of Hungarian Academy of Science) and Dan Cirjan (CEU, Department of History)To apply, please send a brief (max 500 words) paper abstract and CV by July 30, 2017 to info@osaarchivum.org with the subject 2017SYMPOSIUM followed by the title of the section.
 
Blinken OSA Archivum  - Night of the Museums 2017 Program
Posted: 20/June/2017
Blinken OSA Archivum  - Night of the Museums 2017 Program  16.00- 24.00 Exhibition in Galeria Centralis: Afghanistan, Graveyard of Empires: The Soviet WarThe Soviet intervention in Afghanistan unleashed the last major international armed struggle of the Cold War period. Retrospectively, it seems paradoxical since Afghanistan had never been a central area of the Cold War before this conflict broke out. The Soviet leadership was initially reluctant to intervene and it proved to be, indeed, a fatal decision in every way. It brought a bloody war on Afghanistan with an appalling toll of human life and great suffering. Its moral, political, financial and military strain also contributed to a great extent to the collapse of the Soviet empire. In addition, the Soviet intervention pushed the Afghan state into chaos, and the disastrous global consequences of this state failure are still unresolved. For those visitors to the exhibition who are willing to participate in a quiz, the Fruccola café, which will be open all night, will offer a taste of genuine Afghan food.17:00/19:00.   Guided tour of the exhibition by the curator16:00-24:00  Tours of the building: Exhibition hall and archive in a museum space. The industrial monument that is the Goldberger building is opened up to public view once a year. The basement of the building holds records of the fieldwork that underpinned Radio Free Europe's broadcasts during the Cold War, as well as the collection of Human Rights documents. The tours are in every two hours. Music:  21:00  DJ Sztyepp 
 
 The Soviet Invasion and Its Aftermath: The Afghan Tragedy
Posted: 19/June/2017

The Open Society Foundations and the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives cordially invite you to the roundtable discussion

The Soviet Invasion and Its Aftermath: The Afghan Tragedy

DATE / Tuesday / June 20, 2017
TIME / 5:00 p.m.
PLACE / Blinken OSA Archívum, 1051 Budapest Arany János u. 32/ Research Room

Speakers:

András Mink, Historian (Blinken OSA)
Anthony Richter, Regional Director (MENASWA)
Orzala Ashraf Nemat,Director (Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit); senior teaching fellow (the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London)
Rangina Hamidi, founder and president of Kandahar Treasure
Ghizaal Haress, assistant professor (the American University of Afghanistan)
Almaz Saifutdinov ,the Chairman of the Board of the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation in Tajikistan
 
War has devastated much of Afghanistan since the Soviet invasion in 1979. The Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives are opening an exhibit that depicts the war from multiple perspectives, from the story of the Afghan communist movement to the anti-Soviet rebellion. The exhibit ends with the regaining of state sovereignty but the beginning of an even bloodier civil war, international incursion and present-day conflagration with the National Unity government controlling only slightly more than half the national territory. To open the exhibit, the Archives and Open Society Foundations are hosting a roundtable discussion on June 20th at 5pm to put Afghanistan’s history of conflict in a more contemporary context. Three prominent Afghan educators and civil society leaders will reflect on the Soviet invasion from their personal experiences as refugees as well as its consequences for the future of Afghanistan. Additionally, a representative from Tajikistan will speak to the war’s regional repercussions, both past and present.

Orzala Ashraf Nemat is Director of Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit and a political ethnographer and a senior teaching fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. With more than 16 years of experience in development practice, research, programmatic review, and academia, Dr. Nemat is a dedicated Afghan scholar and leader. Her doctoral thesis on Development Studies from SOAS focused on the role of international interventions in changing local governance relations in post-2001 Afghanistan. She is the founder of Humanitarian Assistance for Women and Children of Afghanistan (1999), was a guest scholar at Cher Michelson Institute (CMI) in Norway, and has worked with several international organisations such as the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and ICCO (Netherlands). Dr. Nemat has served on the governing boards of various national and international development organisations in Afghanistan and is currently a trustee of Afghanaid (UK). Dr. Nemat’s work is globally recognised by Amnesty International’s Italian Section (2000), and she was a Yale World Fellow (2008) and World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (2009). Her work has been published on different aspects of Afghan women’s lives, and she is currently focusing on publishing chapters of her doctoral thesis in academic journals. Dr. Nemat occasionally writes Op Eds and blogs for The Guardian and Open Democracy, and is a frequent commentator on Afghanistan for the BBC World Service and Al Jazeera English news channels.

Rangina Hamidi, as the founder and president of Kandahar Treasure, the first women’s private social enterprise in Kandahar, Afghanistan, provides life changing economic opportunity for rural Afghan women, giving them a for profit platform for Kandahar’s unique embroidery work. Rangina is also most recently Principle of Al-Mizan private school in Kabul. As one of Kandahar’s leading voices for Afghan women, she has guided the development of groundbreaking networks for women, establishing pioneering women’s gatherings, social programs and activities for all women in Kandahar. Her work in Kandahar began when she returned to the country in 2003. She had escaped her native Afghanistan in 1981, at the age of four, during the Soviet occupation. Rangina moved first to Pakistan and then in 1988, settled in the United States with her family, receiving her education at the University of Virginia. Upon her return to Kandahar she served as manager of the Women’s Income Generation Project with Afghans for Civil Society, a grassroots organization dedicated to the social development of southern Afghanistan. Rangina has been internationally recognized for her work with women. She was selected as one of 18 finalists for the CNN 2007 Hero Award, and chosen as a “Personality of the Week” by Radio Free Europe in January 2008. She has been heard on numerous radio programs including NPR, the BBC and Voice of America and has been quoted in international publications including the TIMES Asia magazine, The Globe and Mail, Der Speigel, Business Week, The Guardian and Telegraph. She has served as a Council Member to US-Afghan Women’s Council since May 2015.

Ghizaal Haress is an assistant professor at the American University of Afghanistan, where she teaches constitutional law. Previously, she worked as the executive director for the Afghanistan Rural Enterprise Development Program, a national priority program for the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development from 2009 to 2013. She was the executive director for the Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan during the first presidential elections in 2004, and helped strengthen election observation organizations for the 2005 parliamentary elections. She has also had leading positons in Global Rights Afghanistan and the National Democratic Institute. She has over a decade of experience working in law and development on the ground in Afghanistan in the areas of human rights, governance, economic rights/empowerment, supporting legal professionals, women’s political participation, strengthening political parties and election monitoring. Prof. Haress holds an LLM from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies, and an LLM from Kabul University.

Almaz Saifutdinov is the Chairman of the Board of the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation in Tajikistan. He joined OSIAF Tajikistan in 2012 as an expert of economic development program. Almaz works as the Economic/Commercial Advisor at the United States Embassy in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. He maintains high profile government, public and private sector contacts in Tajikistan, with whom he discusses complex economic and commercial issues. In 2012 Almaz founded Economic News Tajikistan Group - one of the most active Facebook groups in the country. With almost 10 thousand readers the group serves as the primary source of information, news, analytical reports and discussion platform in Tajikistan. Almaz previously worked as the Deputy Head of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development in Tajikistan, where he worked on establishment one of the first cell phone operators in Tajikistan, and worked in process of setting up the Pamir Energy public-private partnership, which provides hydroelectric power to most of Tajikistan’s Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region and to bordering regions of Afghanistan.  He started his professional career in 1996, as the Deputy Chief and Small Scale privatization Project supported by USAID and the World Bank. He holds Master’s Degree in Development Administration from Western Michigan University, USA. He publishes (under a pen name) articles on economic, commercial issues.

 
 Shooting the Revolution Film Series at Blinken OSA: Salt for Svanetia
Posted: 13/June/2017

June 14. 2017 6pm Blinken OSA Archivum

Salt for Svanetia / Dzim Svante / Sol’ Svanetii
Mikhail Kalatozov, USSR, 1930, 62 min, silent with Russian intertitles and English subtitles

Salt for Svanetia is a haunting portrait of a village in the remote, snowbound region of Caucasus, Svaneti. Celebrated for Mikhail Kalatozov’s masterful expressive camera work, the film instantly placed him alongside the great Soviet directors.

The screening is introduced by Dr. Oksana Sarkisova (Blinken OSA)
 
Free admission. Limited seats are available on a first come first served basis from 5.40 PM.
Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives / Research Room 1051 Budapest, Arany János utca 32.

 
The János Vargha Collection in the Blinken Open Society Archives!
Posted: 06/June/2017
Blinken OSA has acquired the document collection of the founder of the Danube Circle. The aim of the environmental movement, which was founded in 1984, was to stop the planned barrage system on the Danube between Gabčíkovo and Nagymaros. Their work was founded on solid scientific research to support their arguments against the investment and community organization, for which the organization was awarded with the alternative Nobel Prize.
 
Public talk and presentation of a new film by Alexander Marko
Posted: 10/May/2017

Public talk and presentation of a new film by Alexander Markov

Introduced and moderated by Oksana Sarkisova

 Found-footage Propaganda: Introduction to "Our Africa" Series

DATE: MAY 10, 2017, AT 6:00 P.M.
VENUE: BLINKEN OSA ARCHIVUM, ARANY JÁNOS UTCA 32.
1ST FLOOR, RESEARCH ROOM

 

Soviet documentaries of the 1960s responded to changing boundaries of ideological control during the so-called “Thaw” period. Many of the Soviet filmmakers worked and filmed in various “socialist-friendly” countries in Africa and their footage shows a genuine curiosity about the “otherness” of African reality. My film does not aim at duplicating the official propaganda discourse; my idea is to deepen the poignancy of Soviet newsreels and documentary films by exposing the propaganda clichés and by offering a new way of seeing them by exposing and highlighting their message. My review offers a fast-paced survey of the entire corpus of Soviet films about Africa in which I identify the most important and frequently  recurring themes and motifs. In the process of this research, I trace how Soviet views of Africa evolved over three decades, and later sank into oblivion.

 

 

 
Shooting the Revolution Film Series at OSA – Animated Soviet Propaganda 2
Posted: 25/April/2017

Shooting the Revolution Film Series at OSA – Animated Soviet Propaganda 2


Wednesday, 3 May 2017 at 6 PM

ANIMATED SOVIET PROPAGANDA 2

 
Samizdat Project - Call for interns
Posted: 06/April/2017
OSA invite applications for 1-3 months unpaid internship positions, May-July 2017. The intern will be working at OSA (Arany János u. 32, 1051, Budapest, Hungary). Working hours are flexible. OSA is a part of the Central European University.
 
Oksana Sarkisova: Screening Soviet Nationalities: Kulturfilms from the Far North
Posted: 24/March/2017

Book Launch - Oksana Sarkisova: Screening Soviet Nationalities: Kulturfilms from the Far North to Central Asia

Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 5:30pm

The Blinken Open Society Archives and the Visual Studies Platform at CEU cordially invite you to the book launch and discussion of:

Screening Soviet Nationalities: Kulturfilms from the Far North to Central Asia by Oksana Sarkisova

Participants:

Mária M. Kovács (Nationalism Studies Program, CEU) / Chair

Mark Bassin (School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Södertörns University)

Alfred Rieber (Professor Emeritus, History Department, CEU)

Oksana Sarkisova (Blinken OSA Archivum, CEU)

Charles Shaw (History Department, CEU)

Marsha Siefert (Department of History, CEU)

 
Photofilm -  New Ways of Thinking Film by Gustav Hamos
Posted: 20/March/2017

Photofilm | New Ways of Thinking Film by Gustav Hamos


Date:
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 5:30pm

Photographs placed in a cinematic context create a filmic experience. In photofilms, the film medium is dissected into its components. Photofilm authors experiment with the relationship of text, sound and image, reflecting on the composition of the cinematographic. They let us “think” cinema. If a film image stops, the illusion of movement is shattered in that moment and irritation arises, we are invited to contemplate, interpret the image as a concept, participate in the author's study of images, and to be inspired by the imaginary extensions of meaning. Photofilms demand active, thinking viewers. Having photographs placed next to each other in a sequence provokes the viewer to search for connections and interpretations. Inspired by Roland Barthes' “The Third Meaning” it may be said that the future of the filmic is not strictly in movement, but rather in a third meaning, a framework for the unfolding of permutations that make a new theory of the photogram conceivable.


www.hamos.info /// www.potentialspace.de

 
The Road - Re Verzio Film Series
Posted: 20/March/2017

A 'food for thought' selection from the 13th Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival's repertoire.


March 23, 6p.m.

THE ROAD

Zhang Zanbo / 2015 / China & Denmark / 95 min / Chinese / English subtitles

The film was screened in the International Panorama section at 13th Verzio Film Festival.

The film was screened in the International Panorama section at 13th Verzio Film Festival.

In 2008, the Chinese government decided to invest 586 billion USD on infrastructure in an effort to stimulate the economy. Filmmaker Zhang Zanbo got unprecedented access to the implementation of the financial plan and for three years he filmed the making of a section of a highway through a quiet village in Hunan, the province where Chairman Mao was born. The film follows local villagers and peasants that are forced to move due to land acquisition. The management of the construction company want their share of the financial apple. As a consequence corruption and violence has become a common part of the making of the road. Nevertheless, the Xu-Huai Highway was opened with great fanfare in 2013.

 
Shooting the Revolution Film Series -  Soviet Propaganda Animation 1
Posted: 13/March/2017

SHOOTING THE REVOLUTION FILM SERIES

16 March 2017 at 6 PM

SOVIET PROPAGANDA ANIMATION 1

The first screening in a 2-part program of Soviet propaganda animation offers an insight into the ways of creatively packaging Bolshevik ideology, implemented with a variety of animation techniques. The work of early Soviet visual artists demonstrates how irony, satire, grotesque, caricature, and a streamlined language of political propaganda are put to the service of the new regime, ridiculing and threatening the world bourgeoisie, claiming the moral superiority over capitalism, mocking the vices of the imperial past, and envisioning a bright internationalist and interplanetary future. Nikolai Khodataev, Ivan Ivanov-Vano, Yuri Merkulov, Zenon Kimissarenko, Dziga Vertov, and others are among the pioneers of political animation, which foregrounded rather than masked its agitational message.

The screening is introduced by Dr. Oksana Sarkisova (Blinken OSA)

Free admission Limited seats are available on a first come first served basis.

Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives I 1051 Budapest, Arany János utca 32.

 
Where to, Miss  and Tiny Little Delicate Foreign Castles
Posted: 08/March/2017

March 9, 6pm, Blinken OSA Archive

WHERE TO, MISS?

Manuela Bastian / 2015 / Germany / 83 min / Hindi & English

The film received Special Mention in the ZOOM IN Student Film Competition at 13th Verzio Film Festival.

Devki finds herself in a continuous conflict between her wish to be emancipated and the deeply rooted traditions of Indian society. Her biggest wish is to become a taxi driver. She would like to ensure that other women reach home safely and would like to be financially independent. On the road to achieving her goal, she must withstand the opposition of her father, then her husband and in the end her father-in-law. Her daily routine is defined by the constant battle to defend her aspirations and attempting to pave a way for her to achieve her dreams without alienating her family.

TINY LITTLE DELICATE FOREIGN CASTLES

Rob Key / 2014 / Portugal / 11 min / Portuguese & English / English subtitles

The film received Special Mention in the ZOOM IN Student Film Competition at 13th Verzio Film Festival.

A camera is a dangerous weapon. When it appears in the vicinity of a guarded object or a building, even in a public space, all rational arguments become useless as it is straightforwardly understood as a plausible threat. Yet, no one really knows what's going on. The filmmaker attempts to film embassies in Lisbon from the streets, provoking a range of reactions – mild to aggressive – from the security guards. The simple and straightforward idea for the film brings out an effective message, making the idea of boundaries in public spaces palpably visible.

 
Creative Worshop for Students - Symbols of Socialist Art
Posted: 02/March/2017

Kreatív workshop diákoknak

Csillagos ötös - A szocialista művészet jelképei // 2017.03. 10. és 13-án // Blinken OSA Archívum //

 

A program célja: A Blinken OSA Archívum A szocialista művészet jelképei című kiállításához kapcsolódó kreatív diákprogramot szervez, melynek célja a szocializmus jelképeinek feltérképezése, politikai és művészeti alkalmazásuknak a megismerése, valamint annak vizsgálata, hogy mit jelentenek e szimbólumok az új generációk számára.

A workshop kitűnő lehetőség a diákok történelmi és művészeti ismereteinek gazdagítására.

A végén mindenkinek kijár a csillagos ötös, ez a minimumJ

 

A foglalkozásokat vezetik:

Hemrik László, múzeumpedagógus

Dabi-Farkas Rita, képzőművész

Salgó Viktória, múzeumpedagógus

Szira Henrietta, képzőművész

 

……………

 

Időpontok:

Március 10. péntek 9:00 / 11:00 / 14:00 (2 órás blokkokban, csoportonként max. 30 fő)

Március 13. hétfő 9:00 / 11:00 / 14:00 (2 órás blokkokban, csoportonként max. 30 fő)

A limitált létszám miatt korai jelentkezés javasolt! Regisztráció érkezési sorrendben.

Kérjük, pontosan adják meg az iskola nevét, a létszámot, a kiválasztott időpontot és a tanár elérhetőségét (telefonszám).

 

A részvétel ingyenes. Jelentkezési határidő: 2017. március 7. kedd

 

Helyszín: OSA Archívum, 1051 Budapest, Arany János utca 32.

Bővebb információ és regisztráció: Kövecsi Anikó / +361 327-3250 / kovecsia@ceu.edu

www.osaarchivum.org

 

 
[Film Screening and Discussion -  Patria Nostra
Posted: 27/February/2017

FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION

PATRIA NOSTRA - Minor Hungarian refugees in 1956 in the French Foreign Legion.

89 min. in Hungarian and French with English subtitles

28 February 2017

6:00 p.m.

The screening is accompanied by a discussion with the author and film director Béla Nóvé (Historian) and  András Mink, (Historian, Blinken OSA Archivum)


Blinken OSA Archivum / Galeria Centralis - 1051 Budapest, Arany János u. 32.

Free admission | Limited seats available on a first-come first-served basis



There were some 500 teenage Hungarians who fought against the Soviet tanks in 1956, and a few years later joined the French Foreign Legion – only to be sent to fight in the Algerian war. Thus they were involved in two of the most heated conflicts of the Cold War period, and both times they were on „the losing side”.
Very little is known about their subsequent fate. After a long search we were lucky enough to locate some survivers in Corsica and Provence. Since most of them were denied re-entry to their homeland – some until as late as 1990 –, they continued to serve in the Legion for 20 or 30 years in such far-away places as Algeria, Corsica, Madagascar, Tahiti, Chad, Djibouti and French Guiana.
No wonder that they are still fighting now – at least in their hearts – , feeling obliged to redefine their loyalty to their native land (Hungary) and their host country (France). And of course to the Legion itself, which offered them a sort of ’asylum’ or ’homeland’ for so many years. The motto says it all: ’Légion Patria Nostra’.

 
Dziga Vertov, A Sixth Part of the World (1926)
Posted: 16/February/2017

SHOOTING THE REVOLUTION FILM SERIES

22 February 2017

6:30 pm

Dziga Vertov, A Sixth Part of the World (1926)

73 min

In Russian with English subtitles

The screening is introduced by Dr. Oksana Sarkisova (Blinken OSA)

Free admission | Limited seats are available on a first-come first-served basis

 

 

Dziga Vertov, A Sixth Part of the World (1926)

73 min

 

Vertov’s spatially most ambitious film, A Sixth Part of the World was commissioned by the State Trade monopoly, but turned out to be far more than a mere run-of-the-mill promotion film. This cine-race across the Soviet universe stretches eastwards, northwards, and southwards and creates a highly ambiguous image of a “union of borderlands.” The film is both a visual experiment with ways of representing a new form of supra-ethnic unity and a novel form of travelogue. It earned Vertov not only high praise as a “cine-poet” but also vilification as an “exoticism-hunter.”  Sixth Part of the World unfolds in six loosely connected parts, each with a different focus. Its pioneering structure and visual language ensured heightened attention to the film at the time of its release – as well as a short distribution life. It was called at once monumental, epic, and a lyrical vision of the Soviet Union.

 

 
My Own Private War - Re Verzio Film Series
Posted: 16/February/2017

 Re Verzio 2017

February 16, 6pm, Blinken OSA Archive

MY OWN PRIVATE WAR

Lidija Zelović / 2015 / The Netherlands / 57min / English & Dutch & Serbian & Croatian / English subtitles

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqsQKzpJZ-w

The film was screened in the International Panorama section at 13th Verzio Film Festival.

Born into an ethnically mixed family, Lidija Zelović grew up in Sarajevo where she started to work as a TV reporter. In the early 1990s, she fled from the Balkan civil war to the Netherlands but she later returned to report as a TV journalist from her home country. Now she returns on a personal quest to settle an account with the country where she was born. What awaits her twenty years on is a war that is still going on in the minds of the people. With mounting frustration, Zelović is confronted with old hatred and new nationalist aggression – and discovers that her family's role as victims wasn't fully accurate.

 
Film Screening - LENINLAND (2013)
Posted: 14/February/2017

15 February 2017

6:30 pm

LENINLAND (2013)
Directed by Askold Kurov, 52 min.
In Russian with English subtitles

The screening is introduced by Dr. Oksana Sarkisova (Blinken OSA)

Free admission | Limited seats are available on a first come first serve basis



In the USSR, the cult of Lenin had replaced the Orthodox religion that Communists wanted to eliminate. At the end of Soviet era, in the village Gorky, 20 kilometers from Moscow, the last and the most ambitious Museum of Lenin was built. In former days it had 3000 visitors per week, now it’s only 20. Today it looks like a temple of forgotten civilization, a place that has fallen out of time. But faithful to the ideas of Lenin the keepers of the museum remain. They wait for random visitors in the abandoned halls – and for the return of former times.


The story of the museum is shown through the two main characters Evgenia and Natalya, the caretakers of the museum. Natalya is 52 years old, a history teacher at the local school, fond of the Communism ideology, she really loves and respects Lenin. She likes the place where she works. 56 years old Evgenia is a scientific researcher. She’s also a hard-core new-age believer; she worships all sorts of gods, and considers Lenin one of the biggest among them. But after 10 years of dedicated work in the museum, she now wants to leave it and continue her spiritual journey in another place.

 
Re-Verzió film fesztivál
Posted: 07/February/2017

Izgalmas válogatás a 13. Verzió Nemzetközi Emberi Jogi Dokumentumfilm Fesztivál filmjeiből.


2017. február 6 - március 29.

Ülésrend érkezési sorrendben. Gyertek időben ;)

INGYENES PROGRAM

 

február 6. 19:00 Bem Mozi

A Menedék - Migránsokat Segítő Egyesülettel közös szervezésben:

SONITA

Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami / 2015 / Németország & Svájc & Irán /  91 perc / fárszi & dari / angol és magyar felirattal

A 13. Verzió Filmfesztivál nyitófilmje világszerte hatalmas siker volt a közönség és a kritikusok szerint is. 2015-ben az IDFA, 2016-ban pedig a Verzió Közönségdíját is elnyerte, számos egyéb elismerés mellett.

Egy bátor afgán lány zenei karrierje és jövője kerül veszélybe, amikor anyja úgy dönt, eladja feleségnek. Néhány drámai fordulat után maga a filmrendező veszi kezébe az ügyet.

A film utáni beszélgetés résztvevői: 
Akela Mursal és Sinai Samira, a Menedék Egyesület interkulturális közvetítői, 

Arghavan Shekari, tervező, Az állampolgár c. film szereplője

Moderál: Kováts András, a Menedék Egyesület igazgatója 

 

február 16. 18:00 Blinken OSA Archívum

AZ ÉN HÁBORÚM

Lidija Zelović / 2015 / Hollandia  / 57 perc / angol & holland & szerb & horvát / angol felirattal

A filmet a 13. Verzió Filmfesztivál Nemzetközi Panoráma programjában vetítettük.

Lidija Zelović vegyes etnikumú családba született, Szarajevóban nőtt fel, ott kezdett TV riporterként dolgozni. Az 1990-es évek elején menekült a háború elől Hollandiába, de később visszatért, hogy tévés újságíróként tudósítson hazájából. Ezúttal személyes ügyben jött, szeretne dűlőre jutni a szülőföldjéhez való viszonyával. Boszniában Zelović növekvő ellenérzésekkel tapasztalja, hogy hogy az emberek fejében még mindig dúl a háború, a régi gyűlölködéssel új nacionalista agresszió párosul, és még azzal is kénytelen szembesülni, hogy a családja nem teljesen az ártalmatlan áldozat, akinek beállítják magukat.

 

március 9. 18:00 Blinken OSA Archívum

HOVÁ LESZ, KISASSZONY?

Manuela Bastian / 2015 / Németország / 83 perc / hindi & angol / angol felirattal

A film a 13. Verzió Filmfesztivál ZOOM IN Diákfilm-versenyén különdíjat kapott.

Devki folyamatos konfliktusban áll saját emancipációra való törekvése, és az indiai társadalomban mélyen gyökerező hagyományok között. Legnagyobb álma, hogy taxisofőrként dolgozhasson. Szeretné elérni, hogy a nők éjjel biztonságban hazajussanak, illetve szeretne anyagi függetlenségben élni. Hogy elérje a célját, szembe kell szállnia apja, férje és végül apósa akaratával is. Napi rutinját az állandó harc határozza meg, küzd céljaiért, és halad az álmaihoz vezető úton, anélkül, hogy családjától eltávolodna.

ÉDES KICSI KÜLFÖLDI KASTÉLYOK

Rob Key / 2014 / Portugália / 11 perc / portugál & angol / angol felirattal

A film a 13. Verzió Filmfesztivál ZOOM IN Diákfilm-versenyén különdíjat kapott.

A kamera veszélyes fegyver. Amikor megjelenik egy őrzött objektum vagy épület közelében, legyen az akár közterületen, lepereg minden józan érv, mert fenyegetésnek fogják fel. De valójában senki sem tudja, mi az ábra. A filmes követségeket próbál felvenni Lisszabon utcáin, változatos – az enyhétől a durváig terjedő – reakciókat váltva ki a biztonsági őrökből. A film egyszerű és célratörő ötlete hatásos üzenetet közvetít, láthatóvá téve, hol húzódnak a közterület határai.

 

március 23. 18:00 Blinken OSA Archívum

AZ ÚT

Zhang Zanbo / 2015 / Kína & Dánia / 95 perc / kínai / angol felirattal

A filmet a 13. Verzió Filmfesztivál Nemzetközi Panoráma programjában vetítettük.

2008-ban a kínai kormány úgy döntött, hogy 586 milliárd dollárt fektet gazdaságélénkítő infrastrukturális fejlesztésekbe. A filmrendező Zhang Zanbo páratlan lehetőséget kapott, hogy közelről figyelhesse a terv megvalósítását: három éven keresztül filmezte az autópálya Hunan tartomány – Mao elnök szőlőföldje – egyik csendes faluján keresztül vezető szakaszának építését. A helyi lakosok és parasztok kénytelenek elköltözni a földek kisajátítása miatt. A Kommunista Párt tagjai is közel akarnak kerülni a húsos fazékhoz, aminek következtében az építkezést átszövi a korrupció és az erőszak. A Xu-Huai autópályát nagy hírverés közepette 2013-ban adták át.

 

március 29. 19:00 Gólya 

BALU

Czakó Adorján / 2016 / Magyarország / 30 perc / magyar / angol felirattal

A filmet a Magyar Panorámában mutatta be a 13. Verzió, ahol a közönség szavazatai alapján 2. lett, a Sonitától alig lemaradva.

Kinga mosolygós, mindig vidám, tettre kész nő. 11 éves fia, Balu két éves korában beleesett egy kerti tóba, édesanyja a klinikai halál állapotából hozta vissza az életbe. A fiú azóta állandó felügyeletet igényel. A film az elfogadásról, életigenlésről és a feltétel nélküli és teljes odaadásról szól.

A CSELLÓ JOBB OLDALÁN

Aleksandra Rek / 2016 / Lengyelország / 37 perc / lengyel / angol felirattal

Ez a film nyerte a 13. Verzió Filmfesztivál Legjobb Emberi Jogi Diákfilmnek járó díját.

Dominik Połoński ragyogó csellista, aki leküzdötte a rákot, ám a betegség nyomott hagyott rajta. Részlegesen lebénult, és csak az egyik kezét tudja használni. Ez azonban nem tántorítja el, továbbra is gyakorol és koncertezik, csak egy másik repertoárral. Bár nem tud virtuóz darabokat előadni, tökéletesen kielégíti a kortárs zenei kísérletezés. Egy film a bámulatos akaraterőről, ami minden akadályt legyőz.

A film után a beszélgetést Szirony Szabolcs (BUDOKU) moderálja.

HELYSZÍNEK

Bem Mozi - Budapest, Margit krt. 5, 1027

Blinken OSA Archívum - Budapest, Arany János u. 32, 1051

Gólya - Budapest, Bókay János u. 34, 1083

 
A szocialista művészet jelképei
Posted: 31/January/2017

MEGNYITÓ / 2017. Február 2., 18:00

A kiállítást megnyitja SZÉKELY Iván, Blinken OSA Archívum

MÉLYI József művészettörténész

 

A szocialista művészet jelképei

“A sarló és kalapács” vagy a “vörös csillag” még mind a mai napig jól ismert kommunista jelképek, de hogyan értelmezhezőek olyan egyszerűbb szimbólumok – mint a “Nap”, vagy a “könyv” – egy kommunista olvasat szerint? 1974-ben a művészettörténész Aradi Nóra, a szocialista realizmus mindenható védelmezője Magyarországon, megírta A szocialista képzőművészet jelképei című könyvét, melyben összegyűjtötte a “szocialista művészet” legfontosabb ikonjait és szimbólumait, megvizsgálva a különböző jelentéseket, amelyek hozzájuk kapcsolódhatnak, és felsorolva a helyzeteket, amelyben előfordulhatnak. Az így létrejött kézikönyv nem csak a művészek és a közönség számára bizonyult hasznos segédeszköznek, hanem egyben egyedülálló dokumentuma is a szocialista és kommunista képiségnek, mely mintegy negyed századdal a kommunizmus bukása után egy olyan vizuális segédeszköz szerepét is betöltheti, amely segít lefordítani a múltat az 1989 után született generációk számára.

Ez a kommunista Ikonológia, Cesare Ripa 17. századi úttörő könyvéhez hasonlóan, messze túllép egy egyszerű vizuális szótár keretein, hiszen a szó legszorosabb értelmében őrzi és mutatja meg a korszak világképét. A szocialista művészet jelképei című kiállítás ezt a vizuális szótárat értelmezi kritikailag újra Kelet-és közép-európai kortárs művészek segítségével, miközben szerzőjének szerepét is megvizsgálja a huszadik század második felének magyarországi művészettörténetében.

 
1956-os magyar menekültek - új fotógalériák
Posted: 26/January/2017
Az egyik új fotógaléria az Amerikába érkező menekültek sorsát mutatja be, megérkezésüktől kezdve letelepítésükig szerte az Egyesült Államokban.A másik galériában a New Jersey állambeli Camp Kilmer-i iroda vezetője, Gary Filerman, és munkatársai fáradhatatlank munkáját mutatjuk be. Filerman 1957 elején 11 hét leforgása alatt 1600 magyar diák anyagait dolgozta fel, és március végére sikerült 800 diák számára ösztöndíjat szereznie egy független, nem kormányzati szervezetekből álló hálózat, a World University Service (WUS) partnerei közé tartozó 600 amerikai egyetem valamelyikén. Tekintve, hogy a diákok magyarországi egyetemi dokumentumai nem mindig álltak rendelkezésre, és emellett sokuknak nyelvi és egyéb kezdeti hátrányokkal kellett szembenézniük, ez rendkívüli eredmény volt.Az 1970-es évek végén Filerman alapító tagja lett egy nemzetközi, nonprofit és pártatlan segélyszervezetnek, az Amerikai Menekültügyi Bizottságnak (American Refugee Committee), és hosszú éveken át annak igazgatótanácsában is szolgált. 2011-ben a Magyar Menekült Diákprogrammal kapcsolatos iratanyagát a Blinken OSA Archívumnak adományozta.Ezek a fényképek, amelyek ma már az OSA gyűjteményébe tartoznak, Gary L. Filermannek, a magyar diákok igaz barátjának, és a WUS iroda többi munkatársának a Camp Kilmer-i mindennapjait dokumentálják.
 
Akkreditált pedagógus továbbképzési program felhívás
Posted: 25/January/2017
Akkreditált pedagógus továbbképzési program felhívás Mozgásterek és kényszerpályák / Sorsszerűség és felelősség a XX. századi magyar történelembenElőadók: Mink András, Ungváry Krisztián történészek Szervező neve: Blinken OSA Archívum / Közép-európai EgyetemFelnőttképzési nyilvántartási szám: 27282-153-2016Foglalkozási órák száma: 30Tanfolyam időtartama: 2017. február 11. - április 29.7 alkalom szombatonként – feb. 11/25.; márc. 11/25.; ápr. 8/22/29.Tanfolyam helyszíne: Blinken OSA Archívum, 1051 Budapest, Arany János u. 32.Létszám: maximum 20 fő A jelentkezés feltételei: Iskolai végzettség: egyetemiJavasolt munkakörök: középiskolai tanár, történelemtanárRészvételi díj: nincsHatáridő: 2017. február 5. vasárnap éjfél Jelentkezés: kovecsia@ceu.eduA limitált létszám miatt, javasoljuk a korai jelentkezést / A jelentkezéseket érkezési sorrendben fogadjuk.