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_Farewell Comrades

Personal postcards become a gateway to history in the interactive documentary “Farewell Comrades.”

2011 Christian Beetz,Lena Thiele
CS,DE,EN,FR,NO,RO Visit the project

“We engage our audience by creating a different approach to the main story on our different platforms. Whereas the TV series tells the stories chronologically and outlines the historical context, the web platform zooms in on the emotional experience of the protagonists.”

Lena Thiele, Christian Beetz and Oliver Mille, Producers, in the Torino Film Lab

A companion to an award-winning TV miniseries of the same name, Farewell Comrades paints a portrait of the Soviet Union’s decline from the inside, covering the period from 1975 to 1991. While the television documentary has a sweeping historical and geographic scope, the Farewell Comrades interactive concentrates on one aspect of life under Communist rule—the postcards that people sent to each other. Web visitors can explore the history of Soviet decline by reading actual postcards. Video interviews with the people who sent and received them provide additional historical context. All content in Farewell Comrades is also sortable by map, topic, or through an interactive timeline.

Project at a Glance :

Language : CS,DE,EN,FR,NO,RO
Country : France
Year : 2011
Author : Christian Beetz,Lena Thiele
Producer : 2DF,Arte,Artline Films,Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion
Team : Christian Beetz,Georg Tschurtschenthaler,Moccu,Olivier Mille,Pierre-Olivier François,Sonja Schmidt
Exhibition Venues : IDFA DocLab,International Festival of Audiovisual Programmes (FIPA)
Awards & Nominations : Focal International Award Winner,France 24-RFI Web Documentary Award Nominee,Franco-German Prize for Journalism Nominee,Golden Remi Award Winner,Prix Europa Interactive Award Nominee
Funders AND Incubators : CNC,MEDIA Programme of the European Union,Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg,Norwegian Film Institute,Power to the Pixel: The Pixel Lab
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