Images of the World and the Inscription of War

  • Germany
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In this film, Farocki documents how visual information is analysed, and how this is influenced by the role of memory and contemporary thought which ultimately lead to the (in)ability to discern an object from a visual image. We’re shown how, in April 1944, military analysts of the Allied forces examined a series of aerial photographs of Auschwitz. Overlooked until 1977, these pictures are thought to be one of the first pieces of photographic evidence of the camp’s existence.


  • Original title
    Bilder der Welt und Inschrift des Krieges
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Harun Farocki
  • DOP
    Ingo Kratisch
  • Editing
    Harun Farocki
  • Sound
    Klaus Klingler
  • Duration
    75 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Germany
  • Colour
    • Colour
    • Black & White
  • Production is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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