OSA organizes ‘Surveillance. Secret Police Film Festival’


Hungary’s Open Society Archives is organizing the “Surveillance. Secret Police Film Festival” at its Budapest headquarters in Arany János utca 32 from October 21 to December 2 across six Wednesdays, according to an announcement issued today.

The films on offer can be viewed free of charge. Seats will be made available from 6:20 p.m. on a first come, first served basis.

Films in the program include Secret Arrest / Titkos őrizetbevétel (training film), Documentation Methods Used in an Interior Surveillance / Belső figyelések végrehajtása során alkalmazott dokumentációs eszközök (training film) and The Life of an Agent / Az ügynök élete (documentary film).

The retrospective program includes an international selection of training films, newsreels and operative films produced by Communist Secret Police from 1962-1989. The program explores how the secret police imagined and managed their surveillance activities and what they were actually seeing in the line of duty. Also in the program are creative documentary films composed of and built around secret police surveillance films.


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