This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the beginning of the Croatian War of Independence, the most significant event in the history of the Croatian nation. Therefore, we organized a special program with 18 documentary films dedicated to the subject. These films will be shown publicly on a large LED screen (7 x 3 meters) set in the center of town, at the Pavlinski square.
Two days of screening selected film accomplishments will enable Rijeka’s citizens and their guests to recall or come to know many events and heroes from this era of our recent past, the days of defiance, glory, enthusiasm and victory.
History Film Festival dedicates its fifth edition to the European Year of Rail. The program dedicated to railways and trains as symbols of connecting people and cultures, and our common European heritage includes an abundant film program, Q&A with guest authors and a lecture by renowned Croatian filmologist and historian Silvestar Mileta on the historical intertwining of film and rail. The program titled Film and Rail will be held on September 16 and 17 at the historic train station in Matulji and take us on a journey through imaginary (film) and real landscapes.
As part of this program, in cooperation with the Croatian Railway Museum and the Kortil Gallery, we designed an exhibition entitled Journey through Timetables. The exhibition that will take us through the Croatian railway heritage will be set in the Kortil Gallery (Strossmayerova 1, Rijeka) from September 7 to 18, 2021.
As part of the special program of the 5th History Film Festival entitled Film and Rail in the period from September 7 – 18, 2021 in the Kortil Gallery, Strossmayerova 1, Rijeka, visitors will be able to see three exhibitions under the common title A Journey through timetables. The exhibition was created in cooperation with HŽ Infrastruktura d.o.o. - Croatian Railway Museum, art organization Istra film and gallery Kortil. The Croatian Railway Museum, as the only national railway museum in Croatia that preserves the heritage of the railway transport system, participates with three exhibitions that guide us through the museum collections and the history of the railway in bringing us closer to the railway cultural heritage.
The first exhibition unit with a collection of timetables takes us on a real and imagined train journey from Zagreb to Vienna, from Budapest via Zagreb to Rijeka; then from Vienna to Opatija, from Budapest to Rijeka and further by steamer to the south. We also travel by Simplon-Orient Express. On the journey through the timetables we meet famous personalities of Croatian culture and history in the Timetable Collection of the Croatian Railway Museum - with us are Vatroslav Lisinski, Nikola Tesla, Antun Gustav Matoš, Ante Topić Mimara and Mato Lovrak.
The second exhibition unit takes us on a journey from Zagreb to Split, more precisely we travel along the section Ogulin / Oštarije-Plaški-Vrhovine, which in one part follows the border of the Plitvice Lakes National Park and passes through the magical beauty of nature. Building the so-called Lika railway engineer Nikola Turkalj discovers the Cerovec caves, while, on the same railway, we discover the train station at the highest altitude. The exhibition unit reveals a historical story created during the construction of the railway in the times of the First World War.
In the exhibition space you will also be able to see virtual exhibitions: "A Journey Through Timetables" and "World War I Railway" with three videos: "One Hundred Years Later", "By Train through Nature" and "Locomotive".
The end of the exhibition story ends with the exhibition "Freedom Train - 25 years later" created in collaboration with three museums: the Museum of the Homeland War in Split, the Museum of the City of Split and the Croatian Railway Museum. The exhibition unit brings the atmosphere of the event which, after four years, one month and two days, on August 26, 1995, re-established the railway connection between Zagreb and Split. The exhibition unit says much more than that. It speaks of the freedom that Ivan Gundulić said is beautiful, dear and sweet and that all silver, all gold, all human lives cannot be a reward for its pure beauty.
INCLUSIVE CINEMA is a film adaptation programme for the visually and/or hearing impaired. Inclusive Cinema had its premiere in 2019 at the History Film Festival with the screening, as it later turned out to be the Grand-Prix Award winning film Love is Potatoes.
In cooperation with our friends from the Association of the Blind of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County and the Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, this year we adapted an amazing documentary Demo by the acclaimed Croatian director Branko Schmidt. This film is also part of the official competition programme of the 5th History Film Festival and people with hearing and / or visual impairments will be able to enjoy the film with all other audiences.
Due to the inability to follow the film programme and the cultural offer, which lacks content adapted to them, people with this type of disability often feel excluded from society and social events, deprived of the right to information and culture. Although the most common reason mentioned is the lack of financial resources, in fact the biggest obstacle in this process is the lack of awareness that everyone, without distinction, has equal rights to information and culture.
By adapting the film programme for the hearing and visually impaired, our goal is to make the film accessible to people with this type of disability. One of the goals of this programme is to include people with visual and / or hearing impairments, especially young people, in the activities of the Association of the Blind of PGC and the Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing of PGC, but also the life of the local community. We expect that this programme will contribute to increasing the number and quality of cultural content (especially film) adapted for the visually and hearing impaired and stimulate interest in film art and culture in general for the blind and visually impaired, deaf and hard of hearing, and encourage other cultural organizations to launch similar initiatives.
The adaptation of the film programme has an undeniable integrative and inclusive character. Namely, in today's world, film has become an indispensable part of everyday discourse, so for the social interaction and integration of the blind and visually impaired, deaf and hard of hearing, the possibility of involvement is invaluable. The goal we would like to achieve with this programme is to promote filmmaking and equal opportunities.
Inclusive Cinema was created in cooperation with the Association of the Blind of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County and the Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County and with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia, the City of Rijeka, Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC) and Primorje-Gorski Kotar County.