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Third Moscow International Festival VA



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The III Moscow international visual anthropology festival, entitled "Mediating camera", was held this year, October 8-13.

As the previous two, this festival aims to show variety and beauty of the culture palette of the world, reveal the profound inner entity of seemingly alienated peoples, to point out the necessity to address traditional sources of culture, to preserve them. But the main objective was, and still is, to draw as much attention as possible to the visual anthropology itself. Beside that, the central problem of the third festival was the key problem of visual anthropology - position of a man with camera, entrusted by a cultural group to present their screen image to public.

The most part of the films selected for screening concentrated on the issue of responsibility of the researcher, admitted to the life of the community. Particular attention was paid to the development of new approaches to screen representation of modern life, especially of small native peoples.

This year's festival occupied a record number of sites all over Moscow. Apart from screenings at the Lomonosov MSU cultural center and conference hall, it was welcomed by Russian Academy of Sciences, D.S. Likhachev cultural heritage institute, State Art Studies Institute, MSU Japanese Cultural Center, Russian State Humanitarian University.

107 films were presented by authors from all over the world within 15 themed seminars. Cinematographers, scientists, teachers and students discussed problems and perspectives of wider application of ideas and materials of visual anthropology to socio-cultural practice.

Besides Debut competition, the following themed seminars were held as screening-discussions:

  • Religions around the World.
  • Civilization: Village.
  • Encounters of Civilizations.
  • Civilization: Nomads.
  • Civilization: City.
  • Japanese regional cultures.
  • In search of self.
  • Civilization: Gypsy worlds.
  • World of the North: outside and inside.
  • Anthropology of Modern city.
  • "Rite, Culture and Society in the Muslim World. Prospects of Visual Anthropology".
  • Visual Anthropology - expanding borders.
  • Photo image - Captivating History.
  • John Marshall's film retrospective.
  • Master classes of Anastasia Lapsui and Markku Lehmuskallio (Finland), Asen Balikci (Bulgaria)

3 out of 17 debut works were awarded by the jury of the competition with specially designed prizes:

  1. "My home, my heartache" by Trude Haugseth (Norway)
  2. "The milk of the desert" by Yasmin Fedda
  3. In Search of Hamat'sa: A Tale of Headhunting by Aaron J. Glass

Drawing the line, we can say, that extension of the screening program and rapt attention to the mediating role of the camera-man were the main features of this festival.


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Last updated 18.12.2006