Zeughauskino Berlin

From Home Movies to Moving Homes – First-Person Documentaries and the Migrant Experience

Today more and more filmmakers address their family stories in so-called ‘first-person documentaries’, often to uncover buried family secrets, but frequently also to rework ‘immigrant suffering’, hence, the often painful experiences that moving from one place to another brought to other family members. However, these films can also be understood as filmic ‘autobiographies’, in which their producers inscribe not only their ‘selfs’ into new ‘oral family histories’, but also seek to come to terms with what they perceive as traumatic or inconsistent in their own lives.

Dr. Igor Krstić

Dr. Igor Krstić studied literature, film and media at the universities of Tübingen, Amsterdam and Mannheim. From 2014 to 2016 he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow on a DAAD-funded research project about essay films, personal documentaries and the figure of the migrant at the University of Reading. He is the author of Slums on Screen (Edinburgh University Press 2016) and co-editor of the forthcoming volume World Cinema and the Essay Film (planned for Wallflower Press / Columbia University Press in 2017).