Film Documents and Contemporary History:

Youth Movement

Arena besetzt, 1977, Josef Aichholzer, Ruth Beckermann, Franz Grafl (Videogruppe Arena)

April 20, 2008

Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the events of May 1968, the fourth presentation in the Film Museum's "Documents" series focuses on the topos of "Austrian youth culture". The programme presents films from the 1950s to the 1980s in which the subject of autonomous acts or those which resisted conventional society norms are addressed. Michael Loebenstein and Siegfried Mattl, the programme's curators, will discuss the "delayed '68 movement" in Austria and its "filmed heritage" with various guests, including filmmaker Ruth Beckermann and historian Leonhard Weidinger. Another track of the programme investigates the question of the documentary content of Austria's avant-garde film tradition. Films which are to be shown include Arena besetzt! / Arena occupied!  (1976), Austrian and international newsreel clips, and samples of how youth culture and autonomous cultural forms were represented by the mainstream media.
A joint programme of the Austrian Film Museum and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for History and Society, in cooperation with the University of Vienna.