Press Room

Heiner Müller: Mauser - ősbemutató
Posted: 21/November/2017
A Mauser egyetlen, visszapillantásokkal tarkított halál-jelenet – sűrű, feloldozást nem adó alámerülés egy bárhol, bármikor zajló forradalom bugyraiba. A helyspecifikus előadás fő témakörei: az egyén történelmi felelősségének kérdése, az öntudat tárgyiasulása valamint a politikai cél és eszköz viszonyának vizsgálata. Müller szerint a színház saját akaratunkból választott, a múlttal való szembenézés nyilvános akciója. Ekképpen a nézők aktív részvétele, a színházi térben történő közösségteremtés az előadás fő mozgatórugója.
 
Felhívás - Akkreditált pedagógus továbbképzési program/ Accredited Continuing Ed
Posted: 21/November/2017

Felhívás - Akkreditált pedagógus továbbképzési program

Mozgásterek és kényszerpályák / Sorsszerűség és felelősség a XX. századi magyar történelemben

 

Előadók: Mink András, Ungváry Krisztián történészek

Szervező neve: Blinken OSA Archívum / Közép-európai Egyetem
Felnőttképzési nyilvántartási szám: 27282-153-2016
Képzési órák száma: 30
Tanfolyam időtartama: 2018. január 20. - április 21. 
8 alkalom szombatonként – jan. 20.; feb. 3/17/24.; márc. 3/10.; ápr. 7/21. 
Tanfolyam helyszíne: Blinken OSA Archívum, 1051 Budapest, Arany János u. 32.
Létszám: maximum 20 fő

 

A jelentkezés feltételei:
Iskolai végzettség: egyetemi
Javasolt munkakörök: középiskolai tanár, történelemtanár
Részvételi díj: nincs
Határidő: 2018. január 15.


Jelentkezés: kovecsia@ceu.edu

A limitált létszám miatt javasoljuk a korai jelentkezést, a jelentkezéseket érkezési sorrendben fogadjuk.

 

Accredited Continuing Education Program for Teachers

Scopes and Constraints in 20th Century Hungarian History

Instructors: Historians András Mink and Krisztián Ungváry

Organizer: Blinken OSA Archives / Central European University
Continuing education registration number: 27282-153-2016
Number of credit hours: 30
Course dates: January 20 - April 21, 2018
The course meets 8 times on Saturdays: January 20, February 3, 1, 7 and 24, March 3, 10, April 7, and21.
Course venue: Blinken OSA Archives, 1051 Budapest, Arany János u. 32.
Number of attendees: 20


Submit applications to: kovecsia@ceu.edu

Due to the limited space we encourage applicants to submit their applications early, applications are processed on a first come first served basis.

 
The Missing Siege: Film Screening Series
Posted: 20/November/2017
On the 100th anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution, Blinken OSA presents a unique program series under the title "The Traces of Revolutions". In Blinken Osa's Galeria Centralis László Rajk's installation will be complemented by a historical exhibition, a student debate is organized about the revolution, the experiment of communism will be discussed at a conference. A film screening series will reflect upon the era, and a play by Heiner Müller (Mauser) will be staged, with Eszter Csákányi, Dávid Csányi, Gergő Kaszás and Blanka Mészáros appearing in the leading roles.
 
Elhunyt a Szabad Európa Rádió legendás szerkesztője: Cseke László (1927-2017)
Posted: 16/November/2017
Fiatalok ezrei várták bekészített magnetofonnal, hogy a Szabad Európa Rádió rövidhullámán felhangozzék: "A mikrofonnál és a lemezjátszónál Cseke László. Szeretettel köszöntöm a Teenager Party hallgatóit..."
 
Spectrum of Communism — Symposium at Blinken OSA
Posted: 14/November/2017

Spectrum of Communism — Symposium at Blinken OSA, on November 16-17, 2017

On the 100th anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution, Blinken OSA organizes a two-day symposium and public screenings.

Registration: To register, send your name, email address and institutional affiliation to Julianna Lendvai ( LendvaiJ@ceu.edu) before November 12, 2017.

 
Aaron Swartz and the Price of Information
Posted: 28/October/2017
An outstandingly talented programmer and activist, the founder of RSS and contributor to the creation of Reddit and Creative Commons among numerous other projects and campaigns, Aaron Swartz (November 8, 1986 – January 11, 2013)  took his own life at the age of 26. He was under federal indictment for alleged computer crimes.In line with the ideals Aaron Swartz fought for, one of the aims of  the Open Society Archives is to broaden access to primary sources by overcoming technical, legal, geographic, and socio-cultural barriers. István Rév, director of Blinken OSA remembers Aaron Swartz.
 
Forradalmak nyomában - A forradalom erkölcsi kérdés? Diákvitafórum a Blinken OSA
Posted: 28/October/2017
Forradalmak nyomában – A forradalom erkölcsi kérdés? Diákvitafórum a Blinken OSA Archívumban1051 Budapest, Arany János u. 32. / 2017. november 7. kedd, 17:30-19:00
 
The Traces of Revolutions: Program Series in Blinken OSA in November, 2017
Posted: 27/October/2017
In November, 2017 on the 100th anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution, Blinken OSA presents a unique program series under the title "The Traces of Revolutions". In Galeria Centralis László Rajk's installation will be complemented by a historical exhibition, a student debate is organized about the revolution, the experiment of communism will be discussed at a conference. A film screening series will reflect upon the era, and a play by Heiner Müller (Mauser) will be staged with Eszter Csákányi, Dávid Csányi, Gergő Kaszás and Blanka Mészáros appearing in the leading roles.
 
The 14th Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival  Opens
Posted: 27/October/2017
The 14th Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, co-organized by the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives at CEU opens on November 14, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at TRAFÓ.
 
When Gagarin Was Still at School. The Mesmerizing World of Soviet Film Propagan
Posted: 20/October/2017

When Gagarin Was Still at School – The Mesmerizing World of Soviet Film Propaganda

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage in Blinken OSA

October 27, 2017, 4:00 p.m.

 

On the occasion of the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (OSA) is organizing an event including a presentation on archiving films and a film screening, with a focus on the history and processing of a collection of Soviet films held in Budapest. 

 
Book Launch - The Old Doctor of Warsaw
Posted: 20/October/2017

The Old Doctor of Warsaw

book launch

Venue: Galeria Centralis, Blinken OSA (1051 Budapest, Arany János u. 32.)

Date: October 25, 2017, 6:00 p.m.

Related event: Somewhere in Europe - Gaudiopolis, exhibition, Galeria Centralis, Blinken OSA (1051 Budapest, Arany János u. 32.) September 29 – October 29, 2017

Organizing institution: Hungarian Pedagogical Society

 
Ask an Archivist: Blinken OSA offers help to CEU students with Their research
Posted: 16/October/2017
Students are offered help with research methodology and with materials available at Blinken OSA.
 
Student Programs in October at Blinken OSA
Posted: 05/October/2017
Somewhere in Europe – Gaudiopolis1. GUIDED EXHIBITION TOURSSomewhere in Europe – Gaudiopolis October 9 – 29; Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Venue: 1051 Budapest, Arany János utca 32.Registration: Anikó Kövecsi (kovecsia@ceu.edu) 361-327-3250(The tour takes about 45 minutes)2. OUR CITY – DRAMA PEDAGOGY WORKSHOPWorkshops are lead by Szabolcs Szirony and Anikó Kövecsi. (drama pedagogy advisor: Rodrigó Balogh)October 17, Tuesday 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. (the session is 2 hours, a maximum of 30 students per group are accepted) October 18, Wednesday 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. (the session is 2 hours, a maximum of 30 students per group are accepted)October 19, Thursday 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. (the session is 2 hours, a maximum of 30 students per group are accepted)The program is free of charge. Registration deadline: October 13, 2017. Contact: Anikó Kövecsi (kovecsia@ceu.edu) 327-3250Venue: Blinken OSA Archívum, 1051 Budapest, Arany János utca 32. Because the number of participants is limited, early registration is recommended. When applying please give the full name of your school, the number of students participating, the date and time chosen, and the telephone number of the contact teacher.
 
Blinken OSA Offers Classes to Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Posted: 03/October/2017
Within CEU’s Open Learning Initiative Blinken OSA offered to host a higher education program geared towards refugees and asylum seekers in Hungary. 
 
Somewhere in Europe
Posted: 29/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 presents 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 exhibition closes on October 30, 2017. As part of the finissage a guided tour will be held by the curator at 4:00 p.m.

 
Architecture Uncomfortable Workshop: Baloney, 2017
Posted: 28/September/2017

On 24-25 September, a two-day workshop evoked the spirit of Gaudiopolis, the self-governing children’s republic, with the participation of children from Cseppkő Children’s Home and  Fészek Waldorf School in Solymár - under the creative guidance of Architecture Uncomfortable Workshop, Budapest (AUW).

 
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