However according to the organisations behind Exotic Europe, this view has been re-evaluated in recent years.

The four organisations have taken the initiative to preserve around 100 early, non-fiction films from 1905 – 1926 by restoring and copying them onto safety film stock, and on video and DVD. This was done with the support of the EU’s RAPHAEL programme.

As part of the project, they published a DVD, a video and a booklet in three languages: English, German and Dutch. The DVD and the video contain fifteen of the films and three essays with a compilation of clips from forty films plus a film about the restoration process.

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Ulla Jacobsen
Jacobsen was previously editor in chief of the DOX Magazine from March 1998 until early 2009. A lot of the DOX articles republished in ModernTimes was ordered by her. After 2009 she worked freelance, until she died in 2013.