Europe has waited for a long time to see its walls falling down. Now we see new walls being built. We want to remember how walls affected our history and to teach younger generations what the Iron Curtain meant for our lives. We will create an online archive that will collect content provided by users (videos/images) testifying that era. We will produce documentaries and organize a film festival with panel discussions to improve memory and raise awareness about the risks of closing borders.
bordering regions across Europe
Today Europe is facing a serious issue: the lack of empathy due to forgotten or little knowledge of its own history. The mistakes of the past shouldn’t be repeated: closing borders and building walls have always proved to have a negative impact (on many different levels), rather than solve any problems. The best way to break down prejudices is to fight ignorance. Preserving memory is necessary to build a better future.
Our goal is the creation of an Internet archive of personal memories and testimonies from the Cold War era in order to preserve memory and make a contribution to historical research and education. The content (interviews, videos, photographs, documents etc.) will be provided by users.
The project includes the production of documentary films based on personal stories and organization of a film festival comprehensive with panel discussions and conferences related to the subject.
1) Finishing our first documentary “Borders and Peoples” currently in developing stage
2) Creating the online archive for collecting videos and images provided by users and intensely promoting it on social media
3) Developing a cooperative network with universities, associations, historical research institutes and filmmakers throughout Europe
4) Organizing the film festival with panel discussions
Being worldwide accessible, the digital archive will be a resource and for educators and students and anyone interested in Cold War and European history.
The main audience of film festival and the documentary films will be young people (middle, high school and university students) who haven’t experienced the Cold War.
The importance of our project relies in the fact that we will fill a some serious lacks:
- weak media (film/tv) coverage of the period;
- lack of archives and resources focused on the individual experiences during the Cold War;
- history as a subject in school education is not covering well and deep enough the second half of the 20th century.
By fighting ignorance and through researching our own history we want to help preventing the repeating of past mistakes.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
- First documentary film in development: around 15000€ (copyright expenses, filming, editing, distribution and promotion). - Website design and maintenance: around 6.000€ - Film festival organization: 14.000€ (rentals, travel and accommodation, catering, promotion)
Every thoughts and suggestions will be taken into consideration and much appreciated.