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Prominent Filmmakers Donate Collections to the Visual Center

During its first year of activity, from late 2005 to the end of 2006, the Visual Center acquired more than two hundred films, including personal memoirs, documentaries and feature films. Especially noteworthy are collections deposited by major filmmakers, including Hungarian director István Szabó, (Mephisto, 1981), who donated his Holocaust-related films as a gesture of appreciation after a visit to the Visual Center, prizewinning Dutch director and producer Willy Lindwer, (Last Seven Months of Anne Frank, 1988) whose twenty-one Holocaust films are available for viewing at the Center, and Hungarian film and video artist Péter Forgács, who has fashioned poetic cinematic works from “found footage” viewed for the first time in his films. In addition, British documentary filmmaker Rex Bloomstein gave the Center copies of all of his Holocaust-related films. Bloomstein’s filmmaking is well-known for its insistence upon historical accuracy and personal sensitivity. His credits include Auschwitz and the Allies (1982) for the BBC, and The Longest Hatred (1993) for Thames Television. His film KZ (2005) was nominated for the 2006 Avner Shalev-Yad Vashem Chairman’s Award for Artistic Achievement in a Holocaust-related Film.