february 2020, living archive

Welt-Spiegel: Navina Sundaram and "Duvidha"

In their “Welt-Spiegel: An Outsider’s Inside View or An Insider’s Outside View” project, Mareike Bernien and Merle Kröger explore the work of the journalist and presenter Navina Sundaram, who is living testimony to German media and migration history. Part of this is an introduction by Sundaram to the film DUVIDHA by Mani Kaul, which was broadcast in 1984 as part of NDR’s “Der Film-Club” series. This find has offered us the occasion to show the film, which was also part of the Berlinale Forum of 1975 and has been in Arsenal’s archive ever since, again on February 4.

It tells the story of a newly-wed couple thwarted by a ghost who falls in love with the wife. When the husband sets off for a five-year business trip soon after the wedding, the ghost takes on his appearance and place. When the wife is pregnant three years later, the deceit comes to light.

february 2020, living archive

This Month's Filmmakers’ Choice

The next event as part of our series Filmmakers' Choice will be presented by Melissa Dullius and Gustavo Jahn on February 10: DOCES PODERES (Sweet Power, Lúcia Murat, Brazil 1996) is a chronicle of the first post-dictatorship elections that took place in Brazil in 1989 told from the perspective of the media. It is well known that TV Globo edited the final debate between the presidential candidates Collor de Mellos and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in such a way that it favored the former who went on to win the election. In 1990, Collor de Mellos disbanded cultural funding structures which effectively disabled feature film production. Twenty years later, history is repeating itself like a macabre nightmare. Since taking power in 2019, the current president has re-destroyed the film industry in Brazil. DOCES PODERES anticipates - in a latent way - the themes at the center of debate in Brazil today, such as racism and female emancipation. Combining politics, power and seduction, the plot borrows from the narrative structures of telenovelas and TV stars also starred in the film.

november 2019, living archive

Arsenal Became a FIAF Associate

The committee of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) decided to accept Arsenal as an Associate. The FIAF is an association of international film archives, whose members are dedicated to the preservation, collection, restoration and distribution of film. This membership means a great deal to Arsenal, which will be able to expand its international network, exchange ideas with other FIAF member institutes about the preservation and restoration of films and participate in contemporary debates about archival work.

Thanks to projects such as "Living Archive – Archive Work as a Contemporary Artistic and Curatorial Practice" (2011–2013) or "Archive außer sich" which is currently part of HKW’s "The New Alphabet" project, an intense exchange with German and international film archives has developed over the past few years, giving rise to a number of further academic, curatorial and artistic projects. The cooperation with archives in Africa and the Arab world is currently central, as is that with other FIAF members and associates such as as the DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum (Frankfurt am Main), the Austrian Film Museum (Vienna, Austria), the National Film Archive of India (Pune, India) or the National Film, Video and Sound Archive (Jos, Nigeria).

october 2019, living archive

News from Nigeria

Since 2016, the Arsenal has been cooperating with the "Film Culture: Archiving, Programming, Presentation" master programme of the Goethe University in Frankfurt and, since 2017, with the Nigerian Film Corporation as part of the research project Archive außer sich, which deals with film cultural heritage and its archives. The project has now given rise to a new study course: Starting this winter semester, the University of Jos, together with the Nigerian Film Corporation, which includes the National Film Institute and the National Film, Video and Sound Archive, is offering the first master's programme in film archiving and film culture in Africa. 25 students began their studies in Film Culture & Archival Studies in Jos on 22 October.

september 2019, living archive

Online Cinema: arsenal 3

We are launching arsenal 3, an exclusive pilot project for our members and premium members. As part of the Archive außer sich project, we are now extending our service regarding restored and digitalized films. Our independent film collection, which was set up in 1963, boasts some 10,000 titles and each month we will provide one of them for streaming. Bonus material such as texts, interviews and supplementary film(s) will give an insight into the history of the respective films and their restoration if applicable.

We begin with Lana Gogoberidse’s RAMDENIME INTERWIU PIRAD SAKITCHEBSE (Some Interviews on Personal Matters, USSR/Georgia 1978) in which the journalist Sofiko interviews women about their lives and desires, trying at the same time to balance her own career and personal life.