Andrea Meneghelli and Asiye Korkmaz (Sinema-TV Enstitüsü)
Saving the Turkish film heritage
Sinema-TV Enstitüsü (Turkish Film & TV Institute) conducted a project in order to renovate the audio-visual document archive of Turkey’s recent history between the years of 2009-2014.
This Project aims to repair the nitrate based films of Ottoman Empire, the founding years of Republic and Atatürk, which are protected in our archive, with digital techniques and to put them into service of public and researchers by transferring them to digital format. All digitalization and restoration works that require specialization and labor have been made by our academic sta and students under the presidency of Prof. Sami Şekeroğlu who is the founder of our Institue. With the financial support of the ministry of Culture and Tourism, approximately 600.000 meter nitrate films have been processed. The State Planning Organization has substantially supported digital restoration infrastructure projects and enabled the film restorations. The collection includes the images of the period of Sultan Reşat and Sultan Vahdeddin, the visits of German and Austrian Emperors to Istanbul, Anafartalar Front, Ankara the Heart of Turkey, Nationwide Tours of Atatürk, Opening Speeches of the Assembly, Congress records of the first years of Republic, statesmen visiting Turkey (King Edward VIII of England, Reza Pahlavi Shah of Iran, etc.), the documents of İsmet İnönü, Celal Bayar, Adnan Menderes, and also many films of military education and military exercises.
The early silent nitrate documents that may be presented during the festival include the visits of German (1917) and Austrian Emperors (1918) to Istanbul, Troop Inspection by the ministry of War and Scenery from Batumi (1915), Welcoming Ceremony of the Lausanne Peace Treaty Delegation (1923).
After undergoing surgery at Istituto Rizzoli, veterans in Bologna attend the Casa di Rieducazione Professionale per Mutilati e Invalidi di Guerra in Piazza Trento e Trieste. The vocational rehabilitation center offers ex-soldiers training for work that is compatible with their limited abilities. In addition to elementary and vocational schools, the institute has workshops for basket weavers, shoemakers, typists and turners. The wounded ex-soldiers use special equipment that will be given to them at the end of their course in order to continue the trade once back to everyday life. While relaxing, the disabled ex-servicemen play bowls, play the trumpet, sing in a choir and practice riding special bikes. At the gate of the Casa di Rieducazione and with suitcases in hand, the men go off into the distance with a well-wishing farewell: “Bon voyage brothers and good luck!” The pain of war is implicit in their faces and bodies, but it begins to subside with the prospect of a normal future.
Cast and Credits
[TROOP INSPECTION OF ENVER PASHA AND SCENERY OF BATOUMI]
[GERMAN EMPEROR’S VISIT TO ISTANBUL]
[AUSTRIAN EMPEROR’S VISIT TO ISTANBUL]
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