The Invisible History of the Sorbs/Wends was presented for the first time at the FilmFestival Cottbus.
Our film heritage is in danger. In view of limited resources, however, the question arises: what is worth preserving, what criteria are used to select, and who determines these? Based on the German Cinematheque Association’s list of 500 films of film historical value and worthy of support, holdings such as the Sorbian film heritage would have little chance of being preserved.
Especially since the great Sorbian cinema film obviously does not exist – what then is Sorbian film heritage, and how should it be defined? What significance should be attached to regional and amateur filmmaking in this context? And what does the preservation of the heritage of a minority have to do with the majority society, who is responsible here, with what challenges and opportunities? These questions were discussed in November 2017 at the FilmFestival Cottbus by representatives of film institutions, politics and the Sorbian people at a symposium that I conceived and chaired.
the documentation of the symposium
As a result of this and also due to broad reporting in the Sorbian and German press, the topic of Sorbian film heritage – after a model project of the Saxony Film Association that has already been successfully implemented – is now on the agenda of those politically responsible in the states of Brandenburg and Saxony, and further initiatives have been launched – the Sorbian film heritage is no longer invisible!