ERA


European Resistance Archive

Berlin, Germany

Leading creative role and film director for the documentary series ERA (European Resistance Archive) in collaboration with film production Pulsemedia, the European Film commission, DGB-Youth (Germany) and Istoreco (Institute for the history of the resistance).

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Contribution

Creative direction.

Concept, strategy, and UX design of European Resistance Archive online portal.

Video production and post-production of the documentary series.


Creative Process

The Project

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Online Portal

As a lead creative, landing with a professional background achieved through years of professional experience in the United States, I had to communicate very accurately the project guidelines for both, the video web platform and its considerable audiovisual archive.

ERA is defined to be an open and growing website and it bears the possibility of being extendible in various directions. It should work as a first step in a network of historical research covering the various faces of the European resistance.

The European Resistance Archive offers video interviews with women and men having taken part in the anti-fascist resistance. Six countries were involved in the project: Poland, Slovenia, Austria, France, Italy, and Germany.

Eyewitness Interviewing Process

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Precious knowledge

I traveled across Europe for nine months with one camera operator and a translator when need it. I had to prepare and coordinate the interview with young people from the local youth organization.

It was demanding but enormously inspiring in particular since all the crew and collaborators were so young. The role and task of being a mentor were to provide guidance, motivation, and role modeling. Sometimes it was emotionally draining due to the testimonies and the value of the eyewitnesses.

The Making of ERA-Video shows you the process of the time it took to generate the first steps of ERA. You will see the first meeting of all participants in Reggio Emilia, the realization of the interviews in the participating countries and the memorial trip to Krakow and Auschwitz.

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