Lost Last Month

April 2011

Six feet of plane, after a hole appears above the overhead compartment of Southwest Flight 812 en route to California while at 36,000 feet. (The plane lands safely in Yuma, Arizona.) The freedom of China's most famous contemporary artist, Ai Weiwei, taken by Chinese police just before boarding a flight. His accountant, studio partner, driver, and assistant also remain missing. Director Sidney Lumet, 86. Last chance to sport a burqa or niqab in France, after the law banning both comes into effect. Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus's job, after the Supreme Court of Bangladesh affirms his dismissal from his own Grameen micro-finance bank. Religious leader Sathya Sai Baba, 84. Almost 300 lives, following vicious tornados in Alabama and several other Southern states. Safety of the residents of Misrata, Libya, as the city is shelled by artillery, tanks, and snipers and their water supply
intentionally cut off by Gaddafi's forces. Former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling's appeal against his conviction for fraud. The US's ambassador to Ecuador, expelled after diplomatic cables alleging corruption within the Ecuadorian police are leaked.


Lost Last Month

March 2011

Over 15,000 lives, with thousands more still missing, after a 9.0 earthquake hits Eastern Japan and produces a devastating tsunami. The force of the quake was so massive it shifted the Earth on its axis by 10 cm. John Galliano’s job as designer for fashion house Christian Dior, following a series of anti-Semitic comments. The fate of Tibet, after China forbids foreign tourists and the 14th Dalai Lama formally submits his resignation as political leader to the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile. Previews of the most expensive Broadway production in history, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, suspended in the wake of serious workplace safety violations. The beloved polar bear Knut, 4, at the Berlin Zoo. Chance for a Genesis reunion, when Phil Collins announces his retirement due to health concerns. Actress Elizabeth Taylor, 79.


Can You Identify These Films?

Lost Films is an initiative of Berlin's Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen which aims to crowdsource a catalog of early movies that have been lost or forgotten over time. Users can view -- and hopefully identify -- films that have been added, as well as add their own material.