About the project:
November, the 9th, 1999. The fall of the Berlin Wall set the seal on the end of the Iron Curtain, a fence some 7 thousand chilometres that split Europe in two spheres of influence. A division that lasted from the end of World War II to the end of the Cold War. How did the lives of those who grew up along this ideological and political border change? How did the dreams of the boys who jumped on the Wall to celebrate a regained freedom end up?
After twenty years from the historical date, four editorial staff - Peacereporter journalist agency, Matteo Scanni, movie director, Becco Giallo comic Editor and Prospekt Photojournalist agency - have decided to travel along the former Iron Curtain border and to tell what it was. Two teams provided by videocamera, photocamera, audio recorder and drawing paper have left from Berlin toward two directions: the first heads to the north has travelled along Germany, Polland, Estonia, Lithuania and Russia; while the second heads to the south has touched Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria.
They come back to the headquarter with dozen of interviews to writers, politicians, musicians, sport people, photographers, dissidents and ordinary people. whose lives have changed after the Berlin Wall fallen down. These stories create a big fresco, a celebration of the ideals, but also speak about the collapse of the dreams of a new western lifestyle.
The project resultant is a surfing website, hightly interactive within 35 mini-movies with a variable duration from 2 to 10 minuts. Following the points of the path along a map of the old Europe, the user can discover the laps of the trip, read informations texts, listen to the original audio files from that time, share the lives of the persons who born under the curtain shadow. The narrative style is new, and merges video, photos, comics, animation, graphic and music.
The project has been shortlisted at VISA POUR L’IMAGE 2009 at Perpignan as one of the 9 best world web documentaries.
It has been shortlisted at the Festival Europeen des Quarte Ecrans of the Pompidou Centre at Paris.
It has been shortlisted at IDFA-International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam.
Link to the website:
THE COMPLETE WEB DOCUMENTARY WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE WEB FOR 3 DAYS - from 9 to 11 november 2009
IN OCCASION OF THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE BERLIN WALL, THE WEBSITE OF THE IRON CURTAIN DIARIES WILL BE AVAILABLE ON CLEAR
from 00:01 of 9 november to 23:59 of 11 november 2009
1. Larissa Baranova, head of Police in Murmansk, the biggest city of the world in the north, a residue of the Sovietic Union, the extreme North of the curtain.
2. Students of the university attending at the dance dance school in Murmansk.
3. 10 may parade, the Liberation day, at the border with Finland.
4. Vitali Vovorcei, admiral in the Russian Navy.
5. Svetlana Soldatova director of the local Tv Channel 21, Russia.
6. Mitiaev Vladimir Anatol’evic, president of Kursk foundation, father of a victim of the submarine tragedy.
7. Kyrill Aleksieiev, linguist at the University of Saint Petersburg and agit prop.
8. Viktor Sologub, musician in Saint Petersburg.
9. Narva: the border with Russia.
10. Old orthodox community at Peipus Lake, Estonia.
11. Sergei Alexeiev managing director of the Baltic Times, daily newspaper in Riga.
12. Siauliai: The crosses hill. Cathoolic crosses cutout from the soldiers of Red Army.
13. Dimitri Bishenevsky, artist and photographer in Kaliningrad, Russian enclave in Poland.
14. Stanislav Larushoniv, Russian dissident, living alone in an abandoned fortress.
15. Danzica: Solidarnosc abandoned shipbuildings.
16. Berliner Neo-nazis challenge the city during the 1st may parade.
17. Alisa Resnik, jewish russian immigrant in Berlin, photographer.
18. Michael Cramer, Michael Cramer, Green member of the Europarliament, he wishes to make the Iron Curtain border a long bike track.
19. Remo Lotano, American cityzen in Berlin since 1989, artist.
20. Anja Vrobel, Berliner gallery curator.
21. David Varnhold, berliner journalist.
22. Andreas Dresen, movie director awarded at Cannes Film Festival.
23. Wolfgang Thierse, vice-president of Bundestag and father of the German unification.
24. Theodor Tezhik, graffito artist, he painted on the Berlin Wall.
25. Paul Kalkbrenner, the king of Berlin's techno nightlife.
26. Ingo Schulze, german writer.
27. Modlareuth, The little Berlin, as it was split in two by a wall. The story of Goller brothers, born and dead in Modlareuth and living separated due to the wall.
28. Eisenhuttenstradt: the typical house of the soviet period, transformed into a museum.
29. Cizov: the last curtain border section, still visibile.
30. Laszlo Nagy, one of the Paneuropean Picnic’s organizers. The event happened three months before the wall was torn down.
31. Gulàcsi Ferenc, Hungarian, fencing olimpic champion.
32. Bence Szabo, Hungarian fencing champion, twice olimpic gold.
33. Dragoman Gyorgy, Hungarian writer, on the abominations of the Communist regime.
34. Mihai Drecin, professor of Modern History, Romanian senator and member of the secret services.
35. Laszlo Tokes, calvinist clergyman, leader of the Timisoara insurrection, the final act of the Iron Curtain collapse.
36. President of the Hebrew community in Oradea, Romania.
AND PROJECT COORDINATION
ABOUT THE CREW
Angelo Miotto - reporter
Nicola Sessa - reporter
Matteo Scanni - reporter
Samuele Pellecchia - photographer
Massimo Sciacca - photographer
Luca Galassi - reporter
Maria Gabriella Ierardi
ABOUT THE PRODUCERS
It is an ondine newspaper dealing international issues, it is a press agency and an agency of editorial services, it was born by an idea of Misna (Missionary Service News Agency) and Emergency.
Thanks to the journalistic staff and the many collaboratore distributed in the North and South of the world, PeaceReporter tells stories about people and places that are often ignored by the official press.
Founded in 2004 by journalist Matteo Scanni, On/Off is a Milan-based multimedia production agency that focuses on innovative, high-quality storytelling through the use of photography, audio, interactivity, and video. For publishing and television On/Off produced showcases in-depth contemporary feature stories with an emphasis on photojournalism and for Rai public italian television realized several documentaries about society, politics and culture. In 2006 On/Off won the Ilaria Alpi Prize, the main television italian award for investigative journalism, with a work on organized crime in Naples.
Prospekt is a Milan-based independent photo agency representing photojournalists based in Milan, Rome, Palermo, Paris, London, Istanbul, Copenhagen, New York, Madrid, Moscow. Prospekt distributes photographs to the media industry worldwide. Prospekt photographers work on european and international news and features dealing with local and international news, up-to-date news, politics, environment, society and culture. Founded in early 2005 and directed by photographer Samuele Pellecchia, Prospekt aims to produce reportages, surveys and reports bringing out the value of each photographer's identity.
Established in 2005, BeccoGiallo publishes Non-Fiction Graphic Novels about historical and social events, men, policy and memories with the most promising young italian authors and affirm talents from the world of comics. For the civil engagement, the coherence and the courage BeccoGiallo has won the prize as Best Publisher Of The Year at Lucca Comics & Games 2007.
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