Flashbacks: Voices and visions from the past. How historical films can contribute to today’s discussions on human rights (online conversation)

Questions of human rights are often related to historical developments, and most films shown at festivals dedicated to human rights include historical perspectives. But historical films as such are rarely part of their programmes. At the same time, film archives have preserved a wealth of films for history to speak back. Such films offer a wide range of possibilities for programmers at human rights film festivals: to include historical voices, to articulate historical perspectives, to give back the complexity of events, and to point to forgotten but still current problems. While major film festivals nowadays have a section with ‘classics’ and show retrospectives, for human rights film festivals, such a practice has still to be developed.

Join our conversation with representatives of film archives, programmers and other professional in the field, on the question how historical films can contribute to today’s discussions on human rights. What are the possibilities, advantages as well as challenges of showing archival films at human rights film festivals?

The talk is by invitation only and will take place on Thursday, 14th of April. 15:00-17.00 hrs. (CEST) on Zoom:

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Flashbacks: Voices and visions from the past is a collaboration of the University of Amsterdam, Eye Filmmuseum and Movies that Matter, moderated by Floris Paalman and Federico Cadalanu.