December 2015

Future of memory

Nationwide School Cinema Program for Remembering the Holocaust in Film

(1) (1) VOICES FROM THE ATTIC © Debbie Goodstein (2) HABEHIRA VEHAGORAL © Tsipi Reibenbach Films (3) HA-MAKAH HASHMONIM V'ECHAD (The 81st Blow) © The Ghetto Fighters' House Museum (4) DARK LULLABIES © Irene Lilienheim Angelico, Abbey Neidik

Dealing with the past is an important precondition for shaping the present. It is the only way of legitimizing responsibility for the future. The "Future of Memory - Nationwide School Cinema Program for Remembering the Holocaust in Film" project follows up "Asynchronous. Documentaries and Experimental Films on the Holocaust. From the Collection of the Arsenal." Throughout 2016, school events featuring films from the Asynchronous project will take place all over Germany.

You can find a list of all the available films here. The school screenings will focus on how to deal with the topics Holocaust, fascism, National Socialism and anti-Semitism.

Intensive educational work is crucial in the area of school cinema. When it comes to the culture of memory, there is a huge gap between the generations who grew up with eyewitnesses and today's children and young adults, both in cognitive and aesthetic terms. The classic codification of the topics Holocaust, fascism, National Socialism and anti-Semitism is often not accessible to young people today because the language and form seem to be outdated and therefore no longer understandable. That's why it is important to rethink aesthetic and emotional approaches and find means of opening up the world of memory to this generation and those to come.

Further information about the project will be available soon. If you are a cinema or event organizer, please get in touch with us now.

The "Future of Memory - Nationwide School Cinema Program for Remembering the Holocaust in Film" project is supported by the Erinnerung, Verantwortung und Zukunft (EVZ) foundation.