October 2011, arsenal cinema

15 October: Home Movie Day

With their recurrent motifs, home movies serve personal memory and can rarely be deciphered by outsiders without commentary. Removed from their personal context, they can be a valuable source of material for historical and anthropological research. On international Home Movie Day , a conference at the Deutsche Kinemathek organized in cooperation with the FU Berlin's Visual and Media Anthropology course and Vienna's Ludwig-Boltzmann Institute for History and Society will focus on the relationship between "private" and "ethnological" film material.

The conference will be followed by an evening program where home movies from Vienna and Berlin will be presented. In INSELN DER ERINNERUNG, the film expert Thomas Elsaesser re-interprets the home movies made by his parents in 1940s Berlin. (October 15)