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Media & Film

"Fact-checking" and historical research are important keywords in the media world nowadays. In their pursuit of authenticity, film and TV productions draw on Facts & Files' historical expertise. The company offers a screenplay editorial service, which involves script checking and other services, including suggesting historical locations, searching for contemporary witnesses and providing advice for set design matters.

Facts & Files prepares historical background information for use by journalists and authors. Brochures, web pages, or CD-ROMs - Facts & Files designs and implements supplementary projects for movies, as well as educational material.

 

© WDR/Helmut Metzmacher  | Henri Matisse, Femme assise dans un fauteuil / In einem Sessel sitzende Frau, 1921
© WDR/Helmut Metzmacher

Provenance Research

Research for TV Documentary on the Gurlitt Case

Facts & Files researched several provenance information on paintings belonging to the collection of Cornelius Gurlitt for the TV documentary "Degenerated, Deprived, Discovered - The Trace of the Paintings" ("Entartet, enteignet, entdeckt – Die Spur der Bilder“).

Educational Movie »People under Suspicion – The Ministry for State Security of the GDR«

What was the "Stasi"? Where and how did the "Stasi" work? What significance did the "Stasi" have for the East-German dictatorship? Reporter Malin Büttner and expert Dr. Ilko-Sascha Kowalczuk try to find the answers to those questions

Press and Information Office of the Federal Government

Indexing of the photo holding

Commissioned by the Press and Information Office of the Federal Government, Facts & Files selected 5000 historical photographs from the holding of the Federal Photo Archive, which includes around two million pictures.

Gerda's Silence

Facts & Files undertook research for the documentary "Gerda's Silence" by Britta Wauer.

The documentary depicts the life of a woman who was born in Berlin. In 1944, she was deported to the death camp Auschwitz. She survived and emigrated to the United States. For many years she did not speak about her terrible experiences and the tragedy of her family.

The Humanities

The ABCs of Humankind

The topic "Languages of Humankind" constitutes the framework for the Year of the Humanities. Language is the element common to all the different disciplines of the humanities. The constitutional link between tradition, continuity, topicality and future viability in the humanities can be experienced through language.

Website "Youth Opposition in the GDR"

Commissioned by the Federal Agency for Political Education and Robert Havemann Society, Berlin, www.jugendopposition.de is a German multimedia website focused on resistance and opposition of young people against the repressive East German government.

Once in the GDR

The documentary feature "Once in the GDR" - a co-production of MDR, WDR, and LOOKS Film- und TV GmbH - tells about the every day life in East Germany with means of old film material and the stories of eye witnesses. The feature was broadcasted in four episodes at First German Television Programme ARD in November 2004 and will be continued with ten additional episodes at MDR in 2005 and 2006.

Four Students Against Stalin

Script Consulting

On December 20, 1949, Wilhelm Pieck – the president of the GDR – delivered a radio speech on the occasion of Josef Stalin’s seventieth birthday. Four students from Altenburg, Thuringia, decided to use this opportunity to educate the people of the freshly-founded GDR about Stalin being a mass murderer and dictator.