28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Translucent Being: Albert Kahn

This is the story of an unobtrusive, worried man who decided to bequeath us images in order to warn us against a disaster. In 1908, the wealthy Parisian banker Albert Kahn embarks on a months-long round-the-world trip. He wants to get to know foreign countries and nations, to see everything with his own eyes in order to understand something that seems obvious to him: the world he has known so far is on the verge of collapse, it is subject to radical changes – and will soon disappear completely. Upon his return to France in 1912, Kahn launches an immense, unique project: “Archives of the Planet.” Ji.hlava IDFF presents a curated selection of Albert Kahn’s film materials.

Text: Albert-Kahn Museum

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