Film and Audio

This part of our archive is dedicated to cassettes, films, CDs and DVDs. We collect media content that reflects migration history, as well as pieces created by individuals with a migration background. Our inventory is composed of items on loan and donations from filmmakers and private individuals, as well as purchased film material on the topic of migration.


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Our broad range of film material includes documentaries, artistic productions, feature films, live recordings of events, news broadcasts, advertisements, and instructional films on topics such as traffic safety and occupational training. Presently, our databank contains entries for 350 videos, and we are in the process of cataloging an additional 250 items. Any of our film material may be viewed here in the documentation center. Simply make an appointment with us.


Audio Archive

Our audio archive is comprised of interviews, music and radio broadcasts. The interviews in particular are essential to our collection. Since the mid-1990s, members of the DOMiD staff have interviewed individual migrants from various backgrounds, non-migrants with ties to migrant communities, and even civil servants, such as Federal Labor Office personnel. These personal accounts, from the perspective of those who shaped and experienced migration history first-hand, complement our written sources.

We also have an array of musical recordings in our audio archive. Our repository includes not only "mitgebrachte Lieder" (songs brought along) from the migrants' respective native regions, but also music that was created in Germany. Many of the vinyl records, cassettes and CDs in our collection came to us from the private collections of individuals from former labor recruitment lands.

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In our collection, you can find examples of many diverse musical styles, including traditional folk songs, hymns, "guest worker ballads," protest songs, "Schlager," and pop and hip-hop songs, to name a few. The DOMiD audio archive was greatly enhanced through items from the Bavarian Radio Broadcast's foreign programming record archive.


Do you have film or audio recordings, like those described above, that you'd like to permanently conserve? We would be glad to help. Please, feel free to contact us.


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