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D-Day 7 presents the Slovene premieres of three new documentaries,
that have as point of departure a "document": the world-famous picture
of the executed, legendary guerillero Che Guevara; an international
observer's report on the living conditions in the World War II Jewish
"model ghetto" of Theresienstadt; and an Albanian silent 16mm-film
from the seventies. (More info: below).

Hope to see you on Thursday in Slovenska kinoteka.

Best regards,
Koen Van Daele
programme curator & coordinator

D-Day7: Dan za dokumentarec
21.1.1999, Slovenska kinoteka

20.00: INTERVISTA, QUELQUES MOTS POUR LE DIRE (Intervista, Finding the
Words/ Intervista, iskanje besed) by the young Albanian director Anri
Sala. (France, 1998, 26 min., col., video, Albanian spoken, with
English subtitles)

On a 16mm movie we see an applauding Hoxha on a conference facing
with an applauding crowd. A smiling woman comes by his side. Then a
man interviews her. She is fervently explaining something. But all we
can do is imagining her answer, for the soundtrack is missing. Anri
Sala finds this newsreel in a box at home. The woman in the
seventies' newsreel is his mum. As his mother is not remembering the
words, he goes looking for them, and finds them.


EL DIA QUE ME QUIERAS (The Day You'll Love Me/ Dan, ko me bos
ljubil) by the Argentian born, New York-based director Leandro Katz
(Bolivia/USA, 1997, 30 min., col., 16mm, English spoken)

When Che Guevara was captured and killed in Bolivia in 1967, the
generals invited a handful of journalists to see the corpse and bring
the evidence of his death to the world. Freddy Alborta was the only
professional photographer amongst the reporters and took the
world-famous document. A black and white picture of the "hasta la
victoria siempre"-guerillero, lying lifeless on a table, surrounded
by officers, had to demonstrate that the legend died. Leandro Katz
studied and researched this icon, interviewed the photographer,
scrutinised and analysed every inch of its surface. Katz: "My
approach was that of an archeologist who sifts historical remnants to
reveal their hidden powers".

21.30: UN VIVANT QUI PASSE (A Visitor from the Living/ Mimohod
?ivega) by Claude Lanzmann (France, 1997, 65 min., col., video,
French spoken, with English subtitles)

During the Second World War, the town of Theresienstadt was a model
ghetto. It was set up by the Nazis to counter the rumours of a
holocaust. The ghetto was meant to be shown to the outside world.
The young Swiss Maurice Rossel was representative of the
International Red Cross Committee stationed in wartime-Berlin. His
main occupation was to inspect the POW-camps and notify any
violations of the Geneva Convention. Invited by the German
authorities, Rossel went as head of a delegation to inspect
Theresienstadt in June 1944. As a neutral international observer he
filed his report to the Geneva-headquarters. The German
propaganda-office must have been satisfied with a job well done.
Claude Lanzmann's point of departure of his Un Vivant qui Passe is
this official document. He interviewed its author, confronts him with
an abundance of facts that disclose a reality that remained
undocumented in his Rossel's report.

D-Day: Dan za dokumentarec is produced by Open Society Institute -
Slovenia, with the support of Open Society Network Programs - Soros
Documentary Fund (New York). Slovenska kinoteka is executive producer.

If you need any pictures, we can email you stills from INTERVISTA,
QUELQUES MOTS POUR LE DIRE (B&W, 800 dpi, 163 KB) and from EL DIA QUE
ME QUIERAS (B&W, 1600 dpi, 140 Kb).
Koen Van Daele
Programme coordinator D-Day
phone: -386-61/329.184
fax: -386-61/13.23.092