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SPOTLIGHT: 4 Archive-Driven Documentaries @ HotDocs2018


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We have prepared for you a short selection of films from this year’s edition of HotDocs that we expect to showcase some of the best work in the field of archive research in 2018. With the full line-up published, it was easy to spot the productions that rely on the meticulous research of both personal and external archive sources. Some of the productions will have their World/North American premieres making the festival a truly special moment for the filmmakers and researchers behind them. The selected films come from very different places, periods, each with a unique personal narrative making a great complete watching experience if you want to see all of them (something that we definitely will).

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Featured Archives

‘footage berlin’: Bridging East and West, Past and Present through Archives


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Can you share a little bit of history about rbb and the ‘footage berlin‘ collection? How does its history set it apart from some of the other major collections in Germany?

rbb media is the commercial side of Berlin-Brandenburg’s broadcasting arm, and we feature collections of tv programs from three archives:

The first is the rbb television archive with material from the city of Berlin and the region of Brandenburg, including TV programs from the former SFB (Radio Free Berlin) in (West) Berlin from 1955 to 2003, and from ORB, the East German broadcaster in Brandenburg after reunification from 1991 – 2003. rbb emerged from the merger of these two broadcasters in 2003 – a bridge between East and West.  (more…)

Archive Researchers

Featuring: Montserrat Bailac, Barcelona


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How did you become an archive researcher?

Before I started working for the Archives of the Catalan TV in Barcelona, I worked in libraries. In fact, I didn’t even know this job existed. By working in TV I started learning about cataloging images, researching in databases and other subjects related to videotapes. After some years I started collaborating with different program teams who were trying to locate footage they needed for their productions. This has been my job ever since.  (more…)