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Simon’s PUSH Premiere | 20210910

Simon’s PUSH Premiere | 20210910 | Miracles•Media | Simon Gronowski takes the air after first time watching Howard Moody’s community opera PUSH at the pre-premiere Friday Sep 30th 2016 in the De La Warr Pavilion on the seafront in Bexhill On Sea, UK.

NEWS – PUSH revisited 2021

October 3, 2021 near Antwerp and Brussels in Belgium – Info and Tickets @ imaginair•be

“PUSH revisited” is a reworked version of parts of the PUSH opera in concert form, coupled with a unique exhibition of the work of visual artist Koenraad Tinel, which is steeped in this personal history. The exhibition, curated especially for this occasion, will feature sculptures and drawings from Tinel’s extensive oeuvre. New, never-before-seen work by the artist will also be on display.

“PUSH revisited” will be a location project, hosted by IMAGINAIR, a creative collective that resides in a former furniture factory awaiting conversion into residential project Dijledonk. The collective fills the industrial site with art and with beauty. Here “PUSH revisited” finds a breathtaking backdrop.

“Revisited” also literally refers to the place of action. The site is near Boortmeerbeek, where the train was brought to a halt that day by the three resistance fighters, which is the reason why Simon is still with us today, and celebrates his 90th birthday October 12th.

This project arose as a spontaneous response to a proposal for solidarity. What was originally only intended as financial support for the freelance artists of PUSH has grown into an event to revive the momentum of PUSH together. This project shows the involvement of the artists and their desire to keep this story alive.

“PUSH revisited” is dedicated to Simon Gronowski and Koenraad Tinel. Thanks to their inspiring resilience they show us that, regardless of our backgrounds, we have the choice to do the right thing at any time in our lives. To focus on trust, connection, friendship and hapiness. To be optimistic.

TAGS #Push #PUSHrevisited #HowardMoody #SimonGronowski #KoenraadTinel #TIDES #IMAGINAIR #sculpture #art #holocaust #DeLaWarrPavilion #Bexhill #opera #Britain #UK #warchild #Belgium #1Memo #michelvanderburg #MiraclesMedia #bandstand #premiere #art #seafront #NíallMcLaughlin #bandstand

Flight into Egypt | 20210907

Flight into Egypt | 20210907 | Koenraad Tinel’s ‘Flight into Egypt’ – steel, plaster, and jute – 2018 work, filmed at vernissage TIDES Sep 5th 2021 in Belgium | IMAGINAIR | imaginair.be ~ Film : Michel van der Burg | Miracles•Media

TAGS #TIDES #IMAGINAIR #KoenraadTinel #sculpture #FlightIntoEgypt #expo #exhibition #vernissage #art #Belgium #1Memo #michelvanderburg #1minute

Truth ? TIDES Koenraad Tinel | 20210905

Truth ? TIDES Koenraad Tinel | 20210905 ~ Searching for Truth … Koenraad Tinel’s 2021 Work at Vernissage TIDES Sep 5th 2021 in Belgium | IMAGINAIR | imaginair.be ~ Film : Michel van der Burg | Miracles•Media

@KoenraadTinel

TAGS #TIDES #IMAGINAIR #KoenraadTinel #sculpture #truth #expo #exhibition #vernissage #PUSH #PUSHrevisited #lie #fake #art #Belgium #interview #1Memo #michelvanderburg #1minute

Brussels’ Afghans Flee Taliban

Brussels’ Afghans Flee Taliban | 20210821 | Afghan refugee interview* by Kristen Cattell (USA) & Michel van der Burg (Holland) at the ‘Afghan camp’ inside the Béguinage Church in Brussels, Belgium – March 17, 2014 .

*One Afghan gentleman – who asked to remain anonymous – told us about his journey to Brussels. Interview anonymized by reconstruction using a disguised voice-over and visual and auditory imagery (organ Félix Snyers) captured March-April 2014 in the Church of Saint John the Baptist at the Béguinage in Brussels.

“When you are working with America or other organizations in Afghanistan the Taliban is a big problem. I was with the forces in Kandahar Province for one year. This was a big, big company in Kandahar. After one year the Taliban send some letters to my family saying, ‘Your son is working for the enemy.’ And they said, ‘He will come and he will work with us.’ Then I went to my home. And after the Taliban found out about me, I came to Iran, then I went to Europe, and this country.”

NL vertaling – translation dutch :

“Als je voor Amerika of andere organisaties in Afghanistan werkt, is de Taliban een groot probleem. Ik was een jaar bij de strijdkrachten in de provincie Kandahar. Dit was een groot, groot bedrijf in Kandahar. Na een jaar stuurden de Taliban enkele brieven naar mijn familie waarin ze zeiden: ‘Uw zoon werkt voor de vijand.’ En ze zeiden: ‘Hij moet bij ons komen werken.’ Ik ging naar huis. En toen de Taliban van mij wist, ging ik naar Iran, en vertrok vandaar naar Europa, en dit land.”

Reportage by Kristen Cattell (USA) & Michel van der Burg (Holland).
Remastered 2nd edition of film first published in 2015 (Béguinage shadows | 20151115).
Brussels’ Afghans Flee Taliban | 20210821 | michelvanderburg•com

TAGS #1Memo #michelvanderburg #BeguinageProject #houseofcompassionbrussels #Beguinage #church #Afghan #camp #refugee #tent #shelter #interview #Taliban #Belgium #Brussels #KristenCattell #asylum #undocumented #sanspapier #diversity #rights

LINKS More about the Beguinage Project here http://bit.ly/1HZguvY and here https://michelvanderburg.com/?s=Beguinage

Scenes Westerbork Film

Scenes Westerbork Film – Demo Captions CC

English EN | Nederlands NL | Français FR

EN — Demo video (silent) showing use of the new captions (CC – closed captions) now available at the start of all scenes in the Westerbork Film on YouTube. Link to Westerbork Film also in the video.

NL – Demo video (zonder geluid) toont gebruik van de nieuwe ondertitels (CC – captions) nu beschikbaar bij aanvang van alle scènes in de Westerbork Film op YouTube. Link naar Westerbork Film ook in de video.

FR — Démo vidéo (muet) montrant l’utilisation des nouvelles légendes disponibles au début de toutes les scènes du ‘Westerbork Film’ sur YouTube. Lien vers Westerbork Film aussi dans la vidéo.

Scenes Westerbork Film | 20210811 | Michel van der Burg | settela•com

TAGS #demo #caption #scene #légende #language #onderschrift #cc #deportation #train #Westerbork #camp #RudolfBreslauer #Netherlands #holocaust #Jew #Roma #Sinti #UNESCO #documentary #Auschwitz #BergenBelsen #film #diversity #1Memo #michelvanderburg #SettelaCom

More on the film :
Westerbork Film (20190605) Michel van der Burg | Settela.com (accessed 2021 Aug 11) URL: https://wp.me/p91enH-1x

SCENES

Westerbork Film … Start – https://youtu.be/8E-IWGjbGZM

Westerbork Act 1 – https://youtu.be/8E-IWGjbGZM?t=4
– 01. Transport from Amsterdam – https://youtu.be/8E-IWGjbGZM?t=24 – 02. Transport from Vught – https://youtu.be/8E-IWGjbGZM?t=120
– 03. Transport to Bergen-Belsen and Auschwitz – https://youtu.be/8E-IWGjbGZM?t=251 – 04. Aircraft disassembly – https://youtu.be/8E-IWGjbGZM?t=534

Westerbork Act 2 – https://youtu.be/8E-IWGjbGZM?t=1227
– 05. Disassembly and manufacture of batteries – https://youtu.be/8E-IWGjbGZM?t=1249 – 06. Separation of silver paper – https://youtu.be/8E-IWGjbGZM?t=1434 – 07. Clothing factory – https://youtu.be/8E-IWGjbGZM?t=1518 – 08. Toy factory – https://youtu.be/8E-IWGjbGZM?t=1688
– 09. Furniture workshop – https://youtu.be/8E-IWGjbGZM?t=1897 – 10. Metalworking shop … Forge – https://youtu.be/8E-IWGjbGZM?t=2030 – 11. Manufacture of brushes – https://youtu.be/8E-IWGjbGZM?t=2198 – 12. Shoemaking – https://youtu.be/8E-IWGjbGZM?t=2244
– 13. Manufacture of handbags – https://youtu.be/8E-IWGjbGZM?t=2344 – 14. Manufacture of soles and gloves – https://youtu.be/8E-IWGjbGZM?t=2413 – 15. Weaving, repairing stockings – https://youtu.be/8E-IWGjbGZM?t=2447

Westerbork Act 3 – https://youtu.be/8E-IWGjbGZM?t=2540
– 16. Cufflinks factory – https://youtu.be/8E-IWGjbGZM?t=2559 – 17. Clothing factory – https://youtu.be/8E-IWGjbGZM?t=2637 – 18. Laundry … ironing – https://youtu.be/8E-IWGjbGZM?t=2670 – 19. Medical laboratory – https://youtu.be/8E-IWGjbGZM?t=2749 – 20. Dental Clinic – https://youtu.be/8E-IWGjbGZM?t=2795
– 21. Unloading materials for barracks – https://youtu.be/8E-IWGjbGZM?t=2821 – 22. Construction greenhouse – https://youtu.be/8E-IWGjbGZM?t=2914
– 23. Train to Oranje canal ship … loading bricks – https://youtu.be/8E-IWGjbGZM?t=3020 – 24. Visit to the camp farm – https://youtu.be/8E-IWGjbGZM?t=3368

Westerbork Act 4 – https://youtu.be/8E-IWGjbGZM?t=3650
– 25. Visit camp farm , cont. – https://youtu.be/8E-IWGjbGZM?t=3667 – 26. Agriculture – https://youtu.be/8E-IWGjbGZM?t=3817
– 27. Arrival camp mine carts with bricks – https://youtu.be/8E-IWGjbGZM?t=4093 – 28. Construction purification plant – https://youtu.be/8E-IWGjbGZM?t=4158 – 29. Felling and sawing trees near Assen – https://youtu.be/8E-IWGjbGZM?t=4210 – 30. Religious service in the Great Hall – https://youtu.be/8E-IWGjbGZM?t=4502 – 31. Football match at the roll call area – https://youtu.be/8E-IWGjbGZM?t=4508 – 32. Women exercising – https://youtu.be/8E-IWGjbGZM?t=4632 – 33. Revue night Bunter Abend – https://youtu.be/8E-IWGjbGZM?t=4692

Jordaan Amsterdam 1931 | 20210728

Jordaan Amsterdam 1931 * ~ Music : Clair du Lune (Debussy) by Ohad Ben Ari | Artlist ~ Film : 20210728 | Michel van der Burg | Miracles•Media

Cinema news reel screened first in Holland in 1931 on the occasion of the upcoming renovation of the poor Jordaan district.

Daily life in the Jordaan district showing the Egelantiersstraat street and Prinsengracht canal with eg. a street sweeper near a city cleaning truck (I guess), bal playing kids, hand carts, horse-drawn wagons, a greengrocer, a woman with a tub cleaning a little cupboard or stove, kids play marbles, girls with breads, jump rope, a black doll, a scissors-grinder and inland ships in the Prinsengracht canal (near the corner Rozenstraat) with a tram car and the Westerkerk church in the background , and the Prinsengracht continuing on the left side of the church were Anne Frank’s family would start living some 10 years later.

Source film footage : Orion – Revue, cinema news reel 1931 “De Amsterdamsche Jordaan Wordt Gesaneerd” (Renovation of the Amsterdam Jordaan) – courtesy of Orion Filmfabriek, Den Haag (producer; Orion Filmfactory, The Hague) | Orion-Profilti | RVD Film- en Fotoarchief (1-3420) | Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid (Sound and Vision)

Note

* Update title July 30, 2021 : This title ‘Jordaan Amsterdam 1931’ replaces the inaccurate and misleading original title (burned in film) “Jordaan Jewish Quarter Amsterdam 1931”. Because though Jews were living there (like Anne Frank’s family 9-10 years later – the actual center of the Jews of Amsterdam the centuries old ‘Jodenbuurt’ (literally Jews quarter) is a district on the opposite side of the historic inner city.

TAGS #Jordaan #Amsterdam #Jew #quarter #Orion #1Memo #MiraclesMedia #michelvanderburg #Netherlands #Holland #Artlist #OhadBenAri #Debussy #child #street #canal #interbellum #diversity #Prinsengracht #play

Deportation Westerbork Film | 20210719

Deportation Westerbork Film – Edition 2021

SILENT FILM

Deportation 19 May 1944 from the dutch Westerbork transit camp, filmed by the German Jewish refugee and camp prisoner Rudolf Breslauer. Shortly thereafter 20 km north in the dutch town Assen, train cars are added from the Belgian Transport XXV (25) from transit camp Kazerne Dossin (Dossin barracks) in Mechelen, and the combined transport with Jews, Sinti and Roma, including Settela Steinbach, continues to the east…to the Bergen-Belsen and Auschwitz concentration camps.

Footage (original camera negative) filmed by Rudolf Breslauer 19 May 1944 in Camp Westerbork, Netherlands.

Film edited by Michel van der Burg (film grain noise reduction | reordering footage fragments | black bar removal) using as source : the digital display edition of the 2021 restored Westerbork film compilation – courtesy of the NIOD | Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid (Sound and Vision) – based on the newly discovered original camera negative film (canister E198). File ref: BUM20210719_01_19440519

Deportation Westerbork Film | 20210719 | Michel van der Burg | settela•com

Background

First Westerbork Film (RVD)

The full version of the Westerbork Film (RVD edition) was first published spring 2019 ( settela.com//2019/06/05 ) – 75 years after the German-Jewish camp prisoner Rudolf Werner Breslauer filmed his last scene in the Westerbork transit camp – the deportation train to Bergen-Belsen and Auschwitz, May 19, 1944 (REF 1).

That Westerbork Film – the so-called RVD edition – is a montage of raw film footage made in 1986 by the Dutch National Centre for Information (the Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst, RVD) in 4 parts (Acte 1-4). Though authentic documentary footage – all the reels of film used in the 1986 edition Westerbork Film, actually, are film copies. The fate of the camera-original film was not known.

New restored Westerbork film – 2021 edition

The renewed interest for the Westerbork Film with the Unesco Memory of the World Registration sparkled also interest at the dutch NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies in the restoration of the Westerbork Film and a new survey of all available film footage archives spring 2019 let to the discovery – by the dutch image researcher, historian, Gerard Nijssen and co-workers of the Sound and Vision institute (Beeld en Geluid) of 2 canisters with ‘camera-original’ footage.

One of these canisters contains the original camera negative footage of all known fragments of the May 19, 1944 deportation – canister E198 (labeled : Negatief origineel – Westerbork – Transport – 64 meter).
This news and a glimpse of the new high quality ‘camera-original’ footage was aired January 20, 2020 by the national dutch broadcaster NOS (REF 2).

Conservator Valentine Kuypers (Sound and Vision) on the restoration

Part of the new restored film premiered online 18 April 2021 during the Mediacafé conference ‘Westerbork, caught on film’ hosted by Valentine Kuypers (conservator, Beeld en Geluid) and Bas Kortholt (Camp Westerbork Memorial Centre).
The new 2021 Westerbork film is a compilation of the best quality footage of all unique scenes found on all archive film reels, with digital scanning and conservative restoration aiming at stabilization of the images and removal only of dust, scratches, and splices without damaging film grain. No efforts were done to correct bouncing images (a camera defect) , or sharpen the images.
In addition – after the restoration – a display copy of the archive film was made and that copy has been further adjusted by color grading and retiming to mimic the original playback speed of 16 frames per second. (REF 3).

The full film of the restored Westerbork compilation was presented May 18, 2021 in Camp Westerbork Memorial Centre and made available online that day via Sound and Vision. Work on the 2021 Westerbork film edition has been a joint effort of four dutch organizations : the Dutch media archive, Sound and Vision, Camp Westerbork Memorial Centre , the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and the Jewish Cultural Quarter in Amsterdam.

May 18, 2021 Sound and Vision also published via their YouTube channel (Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid) the video ‘Gerestaureerde filmbeelden Westerbork (1944)’ – a 21 minute compilation of fragments of the new restored film footage of Westerbork, including half of the May 19, 1944 footage (REF 4).

New film findings in book “Kamp Westerbork gefilmd”

Dutch Westerbork film researchers Koert Broersma and Gerard Rossing also presented May 18, 2021 a new edition of their first in 1997 published book “Kamp Westerbork gefilmd”. For this new edition, the newly restored, cleaned and digitized version of the Westerbork Film allowed them to identify more passengers on the deportation train, including children who survived (REF 5, 6). In their book they noted that canister E198 – with the ‘camera-original’ footage of the May 19, 1944 deportation- unfortunately shows 3 splices – and showed an image of one of these splices.

Deportation Westerbork Film | Edition 2021

This film shows all the known footage filmed by Rudolf Breslauer 19 May 1944 of the deportation from Camp Westerbork from the newly discovered original camera negative film (canister E198) made available in the digital display edition of the 2021 restored Westerbork film compilation – courtesy of the NIOD | Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid (Sound and Vision).
The film reel of canister E198 – though camera-original negative has 3 splices between film fragments not assembled in the order shot – i.e. starting with the deportation train leaving Westerbork.
The digital display edition of Sound and Vision shows no splices, but has 2 very short white transitions — and clearly no reordering was done for that archive film based copy.
In order to mimic the sequence of clips shot by Rudolf Breslauer, I reordered for the present film, those 4 fragments guided by both the route of one of the passengers, and the two white transitions in the digital display edition, as well as an image illustrating a splice shown by Koert Broersma and Gerard Rossing in their book “Kamp Westerbork gefilmd” .
The black bars of the widescreen source were trimmed, resulting in the standard format again.
Specialized software (Neat Video) was used for conservative reduction of film grain noise. No grading, sharpening etc was done.

In the film poster image, the train leaving Camp Westerbork – showing at the rear the freight car with vertical planks deporting 75 people including Settela Steinbach and her family to Auschwitz. That car actually is the fourth-last car of the train.

References

1. Westerbork Film (20190605) Michel van der Burg | Settela.com (accessed 2021 Jul 19) URL: https://wp.me/p91enH-1x

2. Nieuwe beelden van iconische Westerborkfilm gevonden (Jan 20, 2020) | NOS (accessed 2021 Jul 19) URL: https://bit.ly/3isIqTp

3. Restauratie Westerborkfilm (May 12, 2021) Valentine Kuypers | Beeld en Geluid (accessed 2021 Jul 19) URL: https://bit.ly/3kGteVs

4. Gerestaureerde filmbeelden Westerbork (1944) (May 18, 2021) Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid | Youtube (accessed 2021 Jul 19) URL: https://youtu.be/-zCmr6PSNcI

5. Kamp Westerbork gefilmd (May 2021) Koert Broersma, Gerard Rossing (editor Gorcum B.V., Koninklijke van) ISBN 9789023257622.

6. Children of the Holocaust Who Are Anonymous No More by Nina Siegal | The New York Times (May 18, 2021) (accessed 2021 Jul 19) URL: https://nyti.ms/2UQvAq5

TAGS #deportation #train #Westerbork #RudolfBreslauer #1Memo #MiraclesMedia #michelvanderburg #SettelaCom #Netherlands #Settela #Gemmeker #KazerneDossin #holocaust #CampWesterbork #Jew #Roma #Sinti #child #UNESCO #documentary #Mechelen #Auschwitz #BergenBelsen #film #diversity

NOTE

July 19, 2021 – The current video is shown via Vimeo.
A higher quality file has been uploaded to youtube , but is currently blocked etc by two copyright claims – this will take me probably 1(-4) weeks to deal with.

Jul 25, 2021  – Started today two content ID disputes (YouTube edition) , currently under review | Both submitted on Jul 25, 2021.

Jul 26, 2021 – One claimant (restricting monitization) released their copyright claim on the youtube video.

Jul 27, 2021 – Claimant #2 released restrictions (blocking views) for the remaining time of the dispute review proces.
I now replaced the embedded Vimeo video with the YouTube edition.

Aug 18, 2021 – After reviewing my dispute, Claimant #2 has decided to release their copyright claim on the YouTube video “Deportation Westerbork Film | 20210719” . The video is finally screening now on YouTube without restrictions.