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Arcadia Pictures Ltd (New York, NY 10014-7216)
Andrea Simon (Project Director: July 2010 to April 2014)
Angel Wagenstein: Art is a Weapon

Development of a documentary film that explores the life and work of Angel Wagenstein, a Bulgarian filmmaker, war hero, and novelist.

Angel Wagenstein: Art is a Weapon explores the life and work of a Bulgarian filmmaker, war hero, novelist and witness to history, whose work tackles key historical moments and issues of the last century: it's a visually and intellectually provocative portrait of a brilliant, charismatic film artist largely unknown in America. His long creative life (born 1922 and still going strong) deals with topics that inspire humanities scholarship across many disciplines: Cold War culture in divided and contentious post-war Europe; the democratic revolutions of 1989 and after; and the recent re-emergence of an interest in Europe's Muslim past and future. Our documentary covers fascinating and neglected historical terrain, bringing American audiences a new understanding of a distant culture with surprising relevance to our own.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Bridging Cultures through Film

Public Programs

$43,675 (approved)
$43,675 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2011 – 6/30/2012