Behind the curtain’ brings high quality films and new media from Central and Eastern Europe to Birmingham and is a key event on the Birmingham and UK wide festival calendar. The Festival will be taking place in Birmingham for the 5th time.
‘Behind the curtain’ is a presentation of work by artists from countries such as Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Russia. The festival contributes to the vibrant and coherent Arts and Culture Festivals sector by bringing only the best Central and Eastern European cinema through working with local, Birmingham based
The name ‘Behind the curtain’ grew from the ‘iron curtain’ distributed by Winston Churchill, who on 5th march 1946 defined the geopolitical situation in Europe: ‘From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent’. The iron curtain divided Europe into two hostile worlds, which deprived the peoples of opportunities to exchange ideas and concepts. In communist countries, government controlled almost every aspect of life of citizens who were struggling with pervasive poverty – shops were empty and to acquire the basic articles of daily use such as toilet paper was a challenge.