Documentary about first post-war years in Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria and Poland.
Peace Will Win
Documentary about the second congress for world-peace in Warsaw, which was initially planned to take place in Sheffield. The English refused to extend visa to the festival guests. Among them was Pablo Picasso, who at the time vowed never to set a foot on English soil again, which he did. The visitors to the congress protested against the Americans because of the Korean War and against the French because of the war in Indo-China. They draw up a petition for world-wide peace. We see and hear speeches by representatives. The film also contains images of president Truman and Winston Churchill, demonstrations and riots in Paris, Berlin, Italy, Sheffield and London, the ravages of Warsaw and the reconstruction of the city.
Drive for Peace, Warsaw-Berlin-Prague
Film report of the bicycle race Warsaw – Berlin - Prague, organised as a rally for peace. The prologue reflects the devastation of Warsaw and the reconstruction of the city after the war. Preserved from a nitrate copy of the Bundesarchive. NFM did not have a copy yet.
Film about the third 'Weltfestspiele der Jugend und Studenten für den Frieden' in East Berlin, 1951. West Germany is represented as a degenerate country which has been occupied by the Americans and is still inclined to fascism. We see the construction of the stadium, the departure and arrival of the delegations, the opening and closing by Enrico Berlinguer, a sports event, the parade of the delegations, a visit to Potsdam, folk dancing, and police violence against youngsters from West Berlin who want to visit East Germany because of the games. The film is interlaced with shots from the Korean War and a parade by NATO-troops in West Germany. Featuring Robert Montgomery, Konrad Adenauer, Wilhelm Pieck, Dwight Eisenhower, Robert Leer and Erich Honecker.
This documentary was dedicated to the young communists in Western Europe and shows the construction of a blast furnace in Magnitogorsk in the Ural Mountains. As a part of the first Five Year Plan the young workers of the Komsomol organisation take up their responsability in the development of their country: the Union of Socialistic Sovjet Republics. The film shows the hard work on the constructions, the mining and the transportation of coal, and gives a short animation of how it will look like in the future. The first minutes of the film consist of a montage sequence to give the film a propagandistic context, but after this introduction the powerful images and editing, combined with the soundtrack and music of Hanns Eisler result in a true lyrical ode to the young socialist workers and their labour.