23rd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
The Iconic Qualities of Previously Unseen Footage
Contemporary approaches to audiovisual archives discussed on the example of My Unknown Soldier, 2018
Although the film My Unknown Soldier can’t be labelled as a classic montage documentary, it is based largely on archival materials. These materials are, however, more interpretively and creatively edited or, rather, manipulated, as is the case with Anna Kryvenko’s previous films. The material that makes up Soldier comes from several European film archives and includes newsreels, training films, and amateur and student films. It also utilizes audio and textual sources. The film offers an ideal opportunity to discuss present and future approaches to working creatively with audiovisual archives. In addition, the specific experiences of the creative and production teams can be beneficial and inspirational for archives or other institutions that care for film heritage. The discussion will focus on the extent to which archival footage is available, the ethics of working with it, and the creative process as it relates to its selection and organization. The discussion will also include a question and answer session.
Anna Kryvenko / Director / Czech Republic
Michal Kráčmer / Producer, Analog Vision / Czech Republic
Matěj Strnad / Head of Curators, Czech National Film Archive
Tomáš Žůrek / Head of Sales, Czech National Film Archive