I have a repository containing some files which have undergone some 
arbitrary copies/movies in the past, such that you need 'git log --follow' 
to view all the relevant history for those files. I'd like to use something 
like 'git filter-branch --subdirectory-filter ...' to extract a parent 
directory of these files. However, just doing that drops the "extra" 
history that you need --follow to find.

How can I save it?

I've put full steps to reproduce my problem at 
http://pastebin.com/8L2fWjAp. After carrying out those steps, it's also 
possible to use gitk to see that there are only two commits on the master 
branch at all, and it's not just that git log isn't finding the history.

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