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Western & Northern European History & Politics

& etc.

"& etc" is a small publishing company created in Portugal in 1973 that focuses on producing relatively unknown authors. Founder Victor Silva Tavares, Rui Caeiro and other staff reminisce here about events throughout the three decades of working in the publishing company. Directed by Cla¡udia Clemente. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. 2007. 25 min.

100 Deutsche Jahre (Germany: A Hundred Years)

Thirty nine segments of a television program covering various aspects of life in Germany in the 20th century.

20th Anniversary of the Berlin Wall: August 12, 1981 (Nightline)

A look at the Berlin Wall from differing perspectives. The West claims it was built to keep unhappy East Germans from escaping. The East Germans claim it was built to protect them from West German invasion. 24 min.

A Million Bricks.

Tells the story of Springfield Park, a housing estate built in the early Sixties in West Belfast, made up of both Catholic and Protestant families who lived together in harmony until "The Troubles" erupted in the early Seventies when the neighborhood was caught in a three-way crossfire between nationalist and loyalist forces and the occupying British Army. Today, on the site of what was once Belfast's last religiously mixed community, Protestants and Catholics are separated by the peace line, a wall of a million bricks. c1999. 59 min.

A Trip Through 1930's Germany

Contains films mainly made by amateurs -- though some professional work is included -- showing what the people, landscapes and culture of Germany was like during the 1930s, before the Second World War changed it all forever. For those familiar with Germany, you will be astounded at how the efforts of those to rebuild from the ruins were successful in putting much back 'the way it was'. Shows what it was like to live under the Diktatur, but, at the same time, portrays the country in an innocent and entertaining a way.

A Vision of the World

This program delves into Kahn's origins and formative years and the launch of his Archive of the Planet project. Topics include Kahn's Jewish ancestry and Alsacian upbringing; his early success in finance; his admiration of Japanese art and customs; the development of autochrome photography by the Lumiere brothers; Marguerite Mespoulet's colorful documentation of Ireland's vanishing Celtic traditions; and Kahn's expedition to Cornwall and London with August Leon. 50 min.

Acto dos Feitos da Guine

A dialogue between "History" (Jose Gomes) and "The Guerrilla" (Virgilio Massinge) interlaced with live footage taken in Portugal and Guinea-Bissau, when this country was a colony of Portugal, the former Portuguese Guinea. In Portuguese. PAL format. 81 min.

Acts of Faith: Jewish Civilization in Spain

Many Latinos in the American Southwest wear amulets and perform certain practices different from their fellow Latino Catholics--and are discovering only now, to their amazement, that they are descended from Jews who chose conversion rather than death at the time of the great expulsion from Spain in 1492.

After the Fall (Nach dem fall)

A haunting documentary about one of the most powerful icons of the 20th century, the Berlin Wall. The program examines the effects of the Wall on the Berlin citizens who lived in its shadow for 28 years. Contemporary witnesses included an American historian, a church minister in Berlin and a Bavarian demolition expert. The common tenor of all their statements is that the Wall and its traces were eradicated too quickly and too radically with the intention of forgetting the past. 1999. 86 min.

Age of Hope, 1900 (People's Century).

The dawn of the twentieth century was forged in hope and optimism. Here interviewees from Europe, Asia and the United States (boasting an average age of 102), recount the part they played in the century's early history. Whether fighting on the barricades of the failed Russian Revolution of 1905 or campaigning for votes for women; recalling the Paris Exposition of 1900, or President McKinley's assassination or witnessing the sinking of the Titanic, all remember the changes they lived through and the clash of forces and ideas before World War I. 1998. 56 min.