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DVD release – Humanitarian action and cinema: ICRC films in the 1920s

18-04-2005 News Release 05/20

Geneva (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Memoriav will be launching the DVD Humanitarian action and cinema: ICRC films in the 1920s on 20 April, during an evening devoted to the cinema and humanitarian action, as part of the international film festival Visions du Réel (Nyon, Switzerland, 18 - 24 April).

This will be the first opportunity for the public to see a selection of films produced by the ICRC in the 1920s, plus two from the 1940s. There will be a panel discussion following the films.

 Humanitarian action and cinema: ICRC films in the 1920s has been created by Jean-Blaise Junod and is co-produced by the ICRC and Memoriav, an association dedicated to conserving Switzerland’s audiovisual heritage. The DVD is the fruit of extensive historical research and restoration, and illustrates the birth of a new type of film dedicated to humanitarian activity. Subjects include the repatriation of prisoners of war, the fight against epidemics, and relief efforts to help children and refugees in Narva, Stettin, Warsaw, Budapest and Constantinople, all in the early 1920s.

The DVD is on sale via the ICRC ( (www.memoriav.ch). ) (our reference: CD 13/001;002) and Memoriav  Programme of Visions du Réel: www.visionsdureel.ch  

Note to broadcasters: footage from the films is available on BetaSP.

 Further information:  

 Dorothea Krimitsas, ICRC Geneva, tel.: ++41 22 730 25 90 or ++41 79 251 93 18