Eluned Zoe Aiano, Anna Benner, CZ19:09

Eluned Zoe Aiano is a British filmmaker, video editor and translator whose work is generally centred on Central and Eastern Europe. In 2017 she was one of the artists selected by London Short Film Festival for their “With Teeth” programme, which supported and presented the short I Have a Song to Sing You. Her first feature, Flotacija, is also currently in production and won the Balkan Documentary Centre Discoveries pitch at Dokufest, Kosovo, 2018. She also writes about film and is a regular contributor to the East European Film Bulletin. Anna Benner is an artist working in the media of animation, drawing and installation. Her work deals with psychology and emotions, often using hand-drawn rotoscope animation. Her animated short films have screened worldwide and won prizes at international film festivals like Annecy, Encounters and Stuttgart Trickfilmfestival.
The small Czech town of Třeboň found itself at the centre of unexpected international attention when the world-wide press picked up on an obscure urban legend from World War Two, some 70 years after the event. The story in question involves nurses, Nazis, seduction and syphilis, but no-one can agree on what really happened. Black&White pieces this legend together through a collage of interviews with a group of locals. The film explores how the story came about in the first place, and how it evolved after it ended up in the news. Their reflections are visualised through a combination of excerpts from the history of cinema, together with animation, problematising the types of tropes and conventions used to depict the roles of women.