European Rural History Film Association
History is on everyone’s lips. Museums, commemorative events and autobiographies are more popular than ever. But historical findings deriving from scientific research hardly find their way into the media and contemporary political debates anymore. And historians who do take part in public debates are often reduced to their status as “experts of the past”. While the reasons for these developments are complex, they are obviously also due to the fact that texts have lost a lot of their importance as forms of communication at the expense of images, especially moving images. When films become a dominant form of communication in the daily life of most people, historians cannot ignore the medium any longer when it comes to the communication of their insights.