Vth Session of CEFRES Seminar 2021-2022
Visual Sources in the Historian’s Studio. Solidarność through Films and Photographs
When: Wednesday 1st December 2021, 4:30 pm
Where: At CEFRES and online (to register please contact claire(@)cefres.cz)
Ania Szczepanska, Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne University (lab. HICSA), documentary filmmaker
Having been exploring the Polish archives of the communist era, Ania Szczepanska published a book on cinema as a critical response to the regime in Poland in the 1970s. Her first documentary, Nous filmons le peuple ! [We Film the People!] (Abacaris, Les films de l’Air, Ciné +), is dedicated to the conflicts between the communist power and artists, more precisely around the filmmaker Andrzej Wajda. This documentary film was selected in competition in 2013 at the International History Film Festival (Festival international du film d’Histoire) and was awarded an Étoile (star) by the Scam (Civil Society of Multimedia authors). Moreover, she also directed Solidarność, la chute du mur commence en Pologne [Sollidarność: How Solidarity Changed Europe] (Looksfilm, 2019) which was broadcasted on Arte on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall.
As author of numerous articles, she has also cowritten, together with Sylvie Lindeperg, a book devoted to audiovisual archives A qui appartiennent les images ? [To Whom Do the Images Belong?] (Editions de la Maison des sciences de l’Homme, 2017). Her latest book, entitled Une histoire visuelle de Solidarność [A Visual History of Solidarność] (Éditions de la Maison des sciences de l’Homme, 2021), addresses the history of the Solidarność movement through elaborate visual traces on both sides of the Iron Curtain.