Conference Paper

Using Time to Navigate East German Censorship: Thick Descriptions in The Children of Golzow (Winfried & Barbara Junge, 1962-2007)

Publication

Author
Ole Johnny Fossås

Conference
Dissenting Forms – Seminar on Dissenting Eastern European Film Cultures, Volda University College 16th-17th September 2019

Abstract

The East German longitudinal documentary Die Kinder von Golzow (The Children of Golzow, Winfried & Barbara Junge, 1962-2007) offers insight into navigation of censorship and documentary filmmaking praxis in the German Democratic Republic (1949-1990). This paper examines how the films made during the GDR challenge censorship through “time shuttling”, a characteristic of longitudinal documentaries coined by Richard Kilborn (2010) were footage from past films are edited together with footage from present time. Through “time shuttling”, we are given a “thick description” (Geertz, 1973) of ordinary lives, challenging the state-driven narrative.

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Details

  • Type:
    Conference Paper (other academic)
  • Conference:
    Dissenting Forms – Seminar On Dissenting Eastern European Film Cultures, Volda University College 16th 17th September 2019
  • Published:
    2019
  • Language:
    English

About the Author

Ole Johnny Fossås

Ole Johnny Fossås is a PhD student at the Department of Media Studies. He holds a MA in Film Studies from Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and a BA and MA in Biology from University of Bergen. Read more

Reference

Fossås, O. (2019). Using Time to Navigate East German Censorship: Thick Descriptions in The Children of Golzow (Winfried & Barbara Junge, 1962-2007). In: Dissenting Forms – Seminar on Dissenting Eastern European Film Cultures, Volda University College 16th-17th September 2019.