VICTOR-E - Visual Culture of Trauma, Obliteration and Reconstruction in Post-WW II Europe
VICTOR-E was an international research project that examined non-fiction films about the rebuilding of local, national and transnational communities across Europe in the period 1945-1956. VICTOR-E looked at how audiovisual representations of public spaces - and in particular the documentation of war damage and reconstruction efforts - have shaped the politics, policies and communities of post-war Europe.
One outcome of the VICTOR-E project was the creation of a thematic collection of films relevant to the research topic here on the European Film Gateway. Since October 2021, users can search for and watch films on the EFG that depict post-war life and reconstruction efforts in Italy, France, Germany and the Czech Republic. To search the collection, add "victor-e" to the keywords you are looking for in the search box above.
Various film archives from different countries have contributed to this thematic collection. In addition, VICTOR-E, in collaboration with EFG, has launched the online exhibition Frames of Reconstruction in five languages, which contextualises and highlights specific films and research themes. It also provides access to e-learning activities and teaching materials about the post-WWII era.
Project partners are the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main Germany (co-ordinator), Università degli Studi di Udine Italy, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, and Université Paris 1 - Panthéon Sorbonne France, in cooperation with the associated partners DFF - Deutsches Filminstitut und Filmmuseum in Frankfurt, the Národní filmový archiv in Prague, the Archivio Nazionale Cinema Impresa in Ivrea, and the Association des Cinémathèques Européennes.
The VICTOR-E and EFG teams would like to thank all other archives who have kindly collaborated with us and have contributed films to the VICTOR-E collection. They are:
Archivio Audiovisivo del Movimento Operaio e Democratico | Bundesarchiv | Ciné-Archives | Cinémémoire | Cineteca di Bologna | Deutsches Historisches Museum | Israel Film Archive | Istituto Luce - Cinecittà | Landesfilmsammlung Baden-Württemberg | Médiathèque SNCF | Ministère de la Reconstruction et de l'Urbanisme | Sächsische Landesbibliothek - Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden | Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive | WDR Digit |
The VICTOR-E project is funded by the HERA Joint Research Programme (heranet.info) which is co-funded by BMBF via DLR-PT, CAS, ANR, MIUR and the European Commission through Horizon 2020.