Institut de la Mémoire Audiovisuelle Juive

  • Institute of the Jewish Audiovisual Memory
  • IMAJ

History

The Institute of Audiovisual Jewish Memory, was founded in Brussels in 1984, following the establishment of the same Institute in Paris, by Esther Hoffenberg, a year earlier.

After a stay in the United States, Esther Hoffenberg, co-realisator of the Belgian film « Comme si c’etait hier », observed a lack of central archives, dissemination, or simply of public information for films related to Jewish theme, in Europe. Béatrice Godlewicz, teacher, and ending a special license to be documentalist, had made the same observation. She set up a parallel association to that of Paris to provide for schools and teachers, films and information concerning Jewish themes, that helps to combat stereotypes, and also Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism. From 1984 to 1988, Esther Hoffenberg, and later, Pauline Juste, allowed the Brussels association to develop compatible tools for recording data on basis of collaboration and exchange of information. IMAJ – Paris is integrated in the Museum of Arts and history of Judaism, there by losing its status as an independent association and the IMAJ name. IMAJ – Brussels, with a grant from the French community takes off and remains a full association.

Thirty years later, IMAJ has achieved its goal: it lists and enriches its database of new films, every day . More than 5000 titles are thus already identified and hundreds of tapes and DVDs can be consulted on the spot. The database is accessible to Internet users. IMAJ organizes film events: previews, festivals, screenings with discussions and recently supports the production of films. The Institute of Audiovisual Jewish Memory, with the support of the Cinémathèque of the French Community has produced a DVD accompanied by a booklet, « Le cinéma de Vouzôtres », which provides a showcase of films produced by Belgian filmmakers on Jewish life. Since 1988, IMAJ identifies films in relation to Jewish life and history in its various aspects, and also genocides and crimes against humanity. Currently, the IMAJ database is the most comprehensive database in French devoted to films with a Jewish theme. IMAJ bought Video Rights for a small part of these films.

Archival and Other Holdings

Since 1988, IMAJ identifies films in relation to Jewish life and history in its various aspects, and also genocides and crimes against humanity. Currently, the IMAJ database is the most comprehensive database in French devoted to films with a Jewish theme. IMAJ bought Video Rights for a small part of these films.

Opening Times

Monday to Thursday: 9h00 to 17h00 Friday: 9h00 to 16h00

Conditions of Access

For any type of service, it is best to contact us in advance by email or phone.

Sources

  • The Institute of Audiovisual Jewish Memory website consulted on 31/10/2014

    Pierre-Alain Tallier (dir.), Gertjan Desmet & Pascale Falek-Alhadeff, Bronnen voor de geschiedenis van de Joden en het Jodendom in België, 19de-21ste eeuw, Brussel, ARA-AGR/Avant-Propos, 2016, 1328 p.