VICTOR-E - Visual Culture of Trauma, Obliteration and Reconstruction in Post-WW II Europe
VICTOR-E is an international research project that explores non-fiction films about the rebuilding of local, national and transnational communities across Europe in the period from 1945-1956. VICTOR-E looks at and examines how audiovisual representations of public spaces – and particularly the documentation of war damage and of reconstruction efforts –, have shaped the politics, policies and polities of post-WW II Europe.
One result of the VICTOR-E project is the creation of a thematic collection of films relevant to the research topic here on the European Film Gateway. Since October 2021 users can search for and watch films on EFG depicting postwar life and reconstruction efforts in Italy, France, Germany and the Czech Republic. To search the collection add "victor-e" to the keywords you are looking for in the search field above.
Various film archives from several countries have contributed to this thematic collection. New films from further archives will be added throughout the project phase until the end of April 2022. In addition, VICTOR-E in collaboration with EFG will launch a Virtual exhibition contextualizing and highlighting specific films and research topics in January 2022.
Project partners are the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main Germany (co-ordinator), Università degli Studi di Udine Italy, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, and Université Paris 1 - Panthéon Sorbonne France, in cooperation with the associated partners DFF - Deutsches Filminstitut und Filmmuseum in Frankfurt, the Národní filmový archiv in Prague, the Archivio Nazionale Cinema Impresa in Ivrea, and the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes.
The VICTOR-E and EFG teams would like to thank all other archives who have kindly collaborated with us and have contributed films to the VICTOR-E collection. They are:
Archivio Audiovisivo del Movimento Operaio e Democratico | Bundesarchiv | Ciné-Archives | Cineteca di Bologna | Deutsches Historisches Museum | Israel Film Archive | Istituto Luce - Cinecittà | Landesfilmsammlung Baden-Württemberg | Médiathèque SNCF | Ministère de la Reconstruction et de l'Urbanisme | Sächsische Landesbibliothek - Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden | Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive | WDR Digit | More coming soon...
The VICTOR-E project is funded by the HERA Joint Research Programme (heranet.info) which is co-funded by BMBF via DLR-PT, CAS, ANR, MIUR and the European Commission through Horizon 2020.