Look behind the iron curtain with this collection of films from the communist world.
Socialism on Film documents the communist world, from the Russian Revolution to the end of the Cold War. This unique collection of documentary films, features and newsreels reveals all aspects of life behind the Iron Curtain, as seen by filmmakers from the USSR, Vietnam, Cuba, China, East Germany, Eastern Europe and more.
Here we feature only a small selection from the largest film collection of its kind to survive in Western Europe. Providing a counterpoint to Western perceptions of communist states and their actions, the films illuminate how socialist countries saw themselves and the world around them during the major political and social events of the twentieth century.
Sourced from the British Film Institute (BFI)
The films in this collection have been conserved, digitised from the original 16mm and 35mm reels, and are fully transcribed and searchable. The footage was originally sourced from communist states, then versioned into English language for private distribution in Britain and the West.