Kinopravda Institute derives its name from the film series by legendary Soviet filmmaker and theorist Dziga Vertov. KINOPRAVDA is a double-homage, also to Vlada Petrić who was Luce Chair of Cinema at Harvard University, and whose namesake foundation provides support for the Institute. Petrić’s book Constructivism in Film is the defining English-language monograph on Vertov’s life and work. Kinopravda Institute is a creative laboratory for research and curation of the art of moving images in the various technological forms that they have assumed since the invention of the medium. In addition to its work furthering the mission of the Foundation, Kinopravda Institute initiates cross-disciplinary research projects, organises cinema screening series and gallery exhibitions on visionary moving image practices.
Kinopravda Institute also convenes symposia in exploration of actual topics in international moving image cultures, publishes books and catalogs, provides support to film archives and film festivals, and more. Through its unique partnership with the Yugoslav Film Archive in Belgrade, Kinopravda Institute has privileged access to one of the largest and most unique collections of moving image materials in the world, which includes rare books and cinematographic objects.
Through its unique partnership with the Yugoslav Film Archive in Belgrade, Kinopravda Institute has privileged access to one of the largest and most unique collections of moving image materials in the world, which includes rare books and cinematographic objects in addition to multiple celluloid formats. Kinopravda Institute is seated at Yugoslav Film Archive, where it also has a dedicated screening space and exhibition space for its programs, as well as a special room for maintaining the Vlada Petrić Collection. Kinopravda Institute also works in partnership with Harvard Film Archive in maintaining and propagating the Vlada Petrić Collection housed on their premises. The Institute serves as a bridge between these two world class film archives in the United States and in Serbia.
The distinguishing feature of the activities of Kinopravda Institute is a dedicated concern for avant-garde notions of the moving image, which includes non-commercial, non-canonical and radical film and video expressions. Digital and online practices are essential fields in which Kinopravda Institute plans to contribute to defining and building awareness of the true cinema to come, through innovative programming and the dissemination of knowledge. Consider the Institute as a transfigurable engine or factory of ideas for continually examining the status of cinema, its pasts and futures, in relation to the twenty-first century.
Dziga Vertov once wrote the following:
“What’s good is not what’s really good, but that which is profitable to consider as such.”
Through its pathbreaking nonprofit work Institute Kinopravda seeks to unveil the real value of moving image art and its engagement with and effect upon the human condition – toward a new definition of KINOPRAVDA.