Description of activity:
Audio-visual documentation of reminiscences was the focus of the project, as the generation of living witnesses of the World War II is rapidly diminishing. The production of the film hence valuably contributed to the archive of oral history, indispensable for future studies and research. Besides the oral testimonies, within this activity we documented family photographs, personal documents and other objects indicating the tragedy of the time. Presentations of the film (the tour) in “burnt villages” in Italy (Mačkolje/Caresana), Slovenia (Miren near Nova Gorica, Šmarje near Koper) and Croatia (Žejane) with debates have raised awareness of local and regional history.
A short documentary was produced and presented to the public in some of the local communities (“burnt villages”) where the testimonies and other documentation had been gathered. A short debate followed the presentations and stimulate intergenerational interaction and intercultural dialogue. In order for the contemplation of the cruelty of the 20th century to transcend national and language borders, the fillm was translated to English and thus accessible for the wider European public. The documentary was also shown on television, at the openings of memorial signs, film festivals, museum exhibitions and schools. After the presentation in the different public venues it is accessible at the Internet.
Duration: 1. 3. 2016 – 31. 1. 2017
Participating partners (documentary film):
Kinoatelje, as a leader of the activity, coordinated the preparations and the execution of the documentary film. The authors of the film, Anja Medved and Nadja Velušček, have been recording the memories of our border area for numerous years in copyright film production, for which were both awarded several times. Other participants in the activity will on the field provide the content for the documentary (UP ZRS, Istarsko povijesno društvo, Udruga Žejane, Associazione Quarantasettezeroquattro) or take care of promotion and dissemination (Kulturno izobraževalno društvo Pina, Associazione Quarantasettezeroquattro), and offer support at organisation of events (Municipality of Dolina/San Dorligo della Valle).
- Slovenian Educational Association Mačkolje
- Slovenian Cultural Society Primorsko Mačkolje
- Slovenian Society of Exiles 1941-1945, Regional organization of Nova Gorica
- Zavod Kinokašča
Written and directed by Anja Medved and Nadja Velušček
The opening of the memorial cube in Šmarje, Koper (Slovenia) and premiere of the documentary film Burnt in memories (18th February 2017)
The opening of the memorial cube in Žejane (Croatia) and projection of the documentary film Burnt in memories (20th February 2017)
The projection of the documentary film and the opening of photo exhibition at Kromberk Castle (Slovenia) (21st February 2017)
The opening of the memorial cube in Miren (Slovenia) and projection of the documentary film Burnt in memories (23rd February 2017)
The opening of the memorial cube in Mačkolje/Caresana (Italy) and projection of the documentary film Burnt in memories (24th February 2017)