“Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.”
Ingmar Bergman

Film has captured our attention for generations. From footage on the battlefield to elections and assassinations, we turn to the reel and relive the moments that have so prominently defined the world we live in today. With politics at the forefront of our culture, check out these hand picked clips from our archive that will take you on a journey through history.

Women get the vote in the US, c.1920 / Bridgeman Images

Women get the vote in the US, c.1920

The Great Depression in America: Roosevelt, migrant farm labour in 1930s California, slums and gangsters, Eleanor Roosevelt

The Great Depression in America: Roosevelt, migrant farm labour in 1930s California, slums and gangsters, Eleanor Roosevelt

Sir Winston Churchill - speeches and conferences, WWII

Sir Winston Churchill – speeches and conferences, WWII

End of the Second World War celebrations, German civilians forced to see the aftermath of Nazi crimes, Berghof destroyed

End of the Second World War celebrations, German civilians forced to see the aftermath of Nazi crimes, Berghof destroyed

 Part one, 2nd presidential campaign debate Kennedy - Nixon, 1960

Part one, 2nd presidential campaign debate Kennedy – Nixon, 1960

Cuban Missile Crisis, Castro, Kennedy and Khrushchev / Buff Film & Video Library

Cuban Missile Crisis, Castro, Kennedy and Khrushchev / Buff Film & Video Library

The Assassination of  President John F. Kennedy / 1963

The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy / 1963

Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Luther King present, African Americans voting

Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Luther King present, African Americans voting

Black Panther Party Members, street scenes, California 1969

Black Panther Party Members, street scenes, California 1969

Iranian Revolution 1979, US Hostages, President Carter speaking at desk

Iranian Revolution 1979, US Hostages, President Carter speaking at desk

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