Transforming The Danube Exodus into a Database Documentary
This chapter focuses on the expanded adaptation of the sixty-minute film The Danube Exodus. In 2000, the Labyrinth Project collaborated with Péter Forgács to turn his sixty-minute film into a large-scale, multiscreen immersive installation. The film provided intriguing narrative material: a network of compelling stories, a Central European setting full of rich historical associations, and a hypnotic musical score that created a mesmerizing tone. Both the film and the installation still present the same transnational narrative that interweaves three stories: those of German farmers, Jewish refugees, and a Hungarian river captain. The adaptation called for a reorchestration of history—in some ways similar to the one Forgács had earlier performed on the original found footage of the captain.
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