Abstract by Magnus Gertten
Challenge your archive footage”, says Swedish documentary filmmaker Magnus Gertten. “Too often the use of archive films in documentaries and television is lazy and uninspired, often ending up as one-dimensional illustrations of a topic”.
In his two archive-based documentaries Every Face Has a Name (2015) and Nelly & Nadine (2022), Magnus Gertten has developed a creative and organic way of integrating archive footage in the narrative structure of a doc. In these two films he has been using the same news reel from April 1945 as the starting point of the story.