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Film and the Global Cold War
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The Leipzig Documentary Film Festival, 1955-1990
Translated from the French by John Barrett
Preface by Dina Iordanova
Edited by Skyler J. Arndt-Briggs
394 pages, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78533-909-7 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (September 2018)
eISBN 978-1-78533-910-3 eBook
“[The author] consistently deploys a variety of distinct, yet complementary, source materials (archival resources and oral interviews, as well as the documentary films themselves) to make an argument for the festival’s significance to Cold War, East German, and documentary film history. This lucid, deeply contextualized account of the Leipzig Festival’s history will be valuable to scholars interested in Cold War history, film studies, and German studies. - Highly recommended” • Choice
Established in 1955, the Leipzig International Documentary Film Festival became a central arena for staging the cultural politics of the German Democratic Republic, both domestically and in relation to West Germany and the rest of the world. Screened Encounters represents the definitive history of this key event, recounting the political and artistic exchanges it enabled from its founding until German unification, and tracing the outsize influence it exerted on international cultural relations during the Cold War.
Caroline Moine is Assistant Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. Her research on the cultural history of the Cold War has been widely published in French, German, and English.