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© Alliance française de Karachi


From 6 to 13 May 2015 
Alliance française

in partnership with

  • Russian Cultural Center Karachi
  • Goethe Institut Karachi

with the support of

  • Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Karachi,
  • Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Karachi,
  • Consulate General of France in Karachi

World War II - Testimony Archives Program

May 6

  • 6:30 pm - Apocalypse II (France) - Aggression (1933-1939): Rise of Nazism, campaign of Poland, Phoney War.
  • 7:30 pm - Apocalypse II (France) - Crushing defeat (1939-1940): Fall of Dunkirk and campaign of France, Battle of Britain.

May 7

  • 7:30 - Conference with the Consuls General of Russia, Germany and France followed by an introduction by Markus Heidingsfelder (Habib University).
  • 8:30 pm - Apocalypse II (France) - Schock (1940-1941): Desert War, invasion of Yugoslavia, Battle of Greece and Battle of Crete, Operation Barbarossa, Battle of Smolensk and Battle of Moscow.
  • 9:30 pm - The Unknown War (Russia) - The siege of Leningrad: The siege of Leningrad continued for over six months. It was the longest siege of modern time and, perhaps, the most merciless one : over 600 000 people perished from starvation.

May 8

  • 6:30 pm - Apocalypse II (France) - The World Ablaze (1941-1942): Pearl Harbor, Midway and Guadalcanal, Operation Fall Blau.
  • 7:30 pm - The Unknown War (Russia) - The Allies: The three seminal meetings of the Allies in Teheran in 1942, in Yalta in 1944, and in Postdam in 1945.

May 11

  • 6:30 pm - Apocalypse II (France) - The Great Landings / The Noose (1942-1943): first failures of the Axis, Battle of Stalingrad, El Alamein, Operation Torch, Tunisia, Kursk and Italian campaign.
  • 7:30 pm - Widerstand gegen Hitler: Das Volk wehrt sich (Germany) - Der französische Widerstand: "The French Resistance" it is the story of the struggle against Nazism, fought in the hills, forests and villages in France. The resistance against the Reich takeover of France began in 1940. First, disorganized and spontaneous, the Resistance practiced sabotage on its own initiative, helped Allied prisoners of war to escape and transmitted vital information to the Allies.

May 12

  • 6:30 pm - Widerstand gegen Hitler: Das Volk wehrt sich (Germany) - Deutschland – Widerstand im eigenen Land : "Germany - Resistance in the country". Resistance and opposition grows in Germany. The 20th July 1944 assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler proved unsuccessful. However, the attack remains a symbol of resistance against the leader by senior officers from his own army, supported by the rise of international Communism. The answer of the leader to those he considered guilty was merciless and brutal.
  • 7:30 pm - The Unknown War (Russia) - The Partisans: The guerilla war spread all over the territories occupied by the Reich. Despite the mass extermination of people of Byelorussia and the Ukraine, the Germans could not suppress the partisan movement.

May 13

  • 5:30 pm – The Unknown War (Russia): The world’s greatest tank battle - The Kursk Battle, the greatest armored battle in summer 1943, was Hitler’s final effort to win the war in the east. The Soviet Army had routed 30 divisions of Germany and gained strategic initiative in the war.
  • 6:30 pm - Apocalypse II (France) - Inferno (1944-1945) : liberation of France, invasion of Germany, surrender of Germany, atomic bombing de Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and surrender of Japan.
  • 7:30 pm - The Unknown War (Russia): A soldier of the Unknown War - The Nuremberg Trials – The trials of the leading Nazi military criminals. At the Nuremberg Trials, for the first time in history, aggression was recognized to be a crime against humanity.

May, 6 to 13

  • During the festival, Alliance française exhibits a photography archives exhibition : THE WAR by Russian Cultural Center

The archives presented during this festival are from :

  • Apocalypse World War II (France) by Daniel Costelle and Isabelle Clarke. The documentary is composed exclusively of actual footage of the war as filmed by war correspondents, soldiers, resistance fighters and private citizens. The series is shown in color, with the black-and-white footage being fully colorized, save for some original color footage. The only exception to the treatment are most Holocaust scenes, which are presented in the original black and white.
  • The Unknown War (Russian: "Великая Отечественная война" (The Great Patriotic War) or "Неизвестная война" (The Unknown War) is an American documentary television series. The 20-part series documents the World War II conflict between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. The show was produced and syndicated for international distribution by Air Time International, and the executive producer was Fred Weiner. Each episode is about 48 minutes long, similar in format to The World at War. The footage was edited from over 3.5 million feet of film taken by Soviet camera crews from the first day of the war, 22 June 1941, to the Soviet entry into Berlin in May 1945. Most of these films have never been seen outside this documentary series.
  • Widerstand gegen Hitler : Das Volk wehrt sich (Germany) is a German documentary produced in 2006 by Black Hill Pictures. The 6-part series documents the resistance against Hitler, which was organized in Germany during the Second World War, but also in France, Poland, Holland and Norway.