Archives for June2012

‘Da Bologna a Stalino’: a rare amateur film on the Italian Army in Russia, 1942

Curated by Home Movies – Archivio Nazionale del Film di Famiglia in collaboration with Istituto Storico Parri Emilia- Romagna, ‘Da Bologna a Stalino’ is a unique 9.5mm film directed and edited by Lieutenant Enrico Chierici (1914-2001). The films documents Chierici’s journey alongside the 3rd Photographers Section, 8th Army Command, across Austria, Germany, Poland, Belarus, and Ukraine. Started in Bologna on 9th June 1942, the journey covered 3500 kilometres and took 15 days until they reached Makeyevka in Ukraine.

The film will be screened on 28th June at Cinema Lumière, Via Azzo Gardino 65/b – Bologna, with an introduction by Paolo Simoni, Mirco Santi (Home Movies) and Alberto De Bernardi (Istituto Storico Parri). Piano accompaniment by Antonio Coppola.


‘Candid camera’ – Research News

The University of Cambridge Press Office has published today a press release about the launch of the Amateur Cinema Studies Network in an article entitled  ‘Candid camera‘

30hrs of amateur films from South Asia, 1920-1970

The Centre of South Asian Studies (CSAS), University of Cambridge, has recently digitized over 30hrs of amateur films made in South Asia between 1920s and 1970s. See an excerpt from one of the newly digitised collections at ACSN Editor’s Choice

‘Ecuador underground’ by Miguel Alvear and Christian Leon (Cine Ochoymedio, 2009)

The ACSN Editor’s Choice series has been launched today with ‘Ecuador bajo tierra, videografías en circulación paralela” / ‘Ecuador underground’ by Miguel Alvear and Christian Leon (Cine Ochoymedio, 2009) – a unique review and analysis of Ecuadorian amateur / independent films.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s private collection of home movies

Previously-unseen cine films from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s private collection – many of them shot by the Queen herself – were broadcast tonight in a BBC documentary ‘A Jubilee Tribute to The Queen’. Watch an excerpt at and the documentary at

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