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Freedom Express ‘Roads to 1989. East-Central Europe 1939-1989’
In 2014, on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, EUscreen cooperated with a unique exhibition entitled Roads to 1989. East-Central Europe 1939-1989.

The exhibition documented the complicated process through which this part of Europe regained its freedom from communist dictatorship. The exhibition was part of Freedom Express, a social and educational campaign organised by the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity, cultural ministries from Poland, Germany, Hungary and Slovakia and partners such as Europeana.

The exhibition showed the various ways in which civil liberties had been limited in the former communist block and the attempts people made to regain them. It focused on what can connect or divide the remembrance of events that preceded the fall of communism in Central and Eastern Europe. The content of the exhibition revealed a story about the different faces of freedom. Individual parts of the exhibition were devoted to freedom of speech and expression, freedom of religion and belief, economic freedom and other themes.

EUscreen contributed to the exhibition by creating a unique, moving and historically meaningful video production. It includes archival content from various partners in the EUscreenXL project, which:

  • shows important and commonly recognizable personalities and events from the political transformation time in Europe of 1989
  • depicts crucial social phenomena typical for the period.

For the EUscreen Network, the Freedom Express exhibition meant that we stepped out of the online world by participating in our first-ever physical exhibition.

The exhibition toured Berlin, Brussels, Warsaw, Budapest, Vienna, Bratislava, Krakow and Breslau between 2014 and 2016. Alongside the European tour of the exhibition, its digital version is also available. The video was created by EUscreen participants Deutsche Welle, the Lithuanian Central State Archive, RTV Slovenia, Czech Television, the National Audiovisual Archive of Hungary, the National Audiovisual Institute of Poland (in collaboration with Video Studio Gdańsk), and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision.

Watch here the video Freedom Express Collage (part of the travelling exhibition ‘Roads to 1989. East-Central Europe 1939-1989′) illustrating the ground-breaking events of 1989 and the fundamental meaning of the revolutions of 1989 for the identity of Europeans living on both sides of the former Iron Curtain. The AV collage was made out of the content from 6 EUscreen partners – CT, RTV SLO, DW, NAVA and NinA (in collaboration with Video Studio Gdańsk).

Source: ENRS press information and own materials.
Photos: Krzysztof Dobrogowski, Copyright: European Network Remembrance and Solidarity

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