Leonid was a very profound and whole-hearted person. All his life was
defined by one passion — cognition of the world at first through the objective of a camera and lately — video camera. His education was
subjected to this purpose too. He studied at the geographical faculty of the Moscow University and then at the department of the producer work of documentary films of All-Union Institute of Cinematography.
Visual anthropology was a visual anthology for him, it became a field of action, which absorbed all his life experience and the most perfectly
realized his purposes, given a opportunity to express his attitude to life.
Till his last days he tried to give us — his colleagues and friends — something innermost, what he achieved and what he has not manage to realize.
Practically all activity of The Centre of Visual Anthropology of the Moscow
University and the organization of Moscow festival of visual anthropology in particular were defined to a great extent by the work, authority and position of Leonid Filimonov. It is hard to know that we will never see his new films, never
hear his critical and thoroughgoing pronouncements, which were born by the penetration into the very heart of the problems which trouble us.
Leonid Filimonov was the director of scientific and educational films of the
video group of The Moscow State University Center of New Information Technologies
and the director of the Visual Anthropology research program of
the Moscow State University since 1989. In 1998 and 2000 he was prized by
two Russian festivals of anthropological films Salekhard 1998 and
Salekhard 2000. In 2002 he?d got the Prize Silver Nanuk on a nomination
Visual anthropology at 4 international festival of documentary films Flaertiana
on June, 14, 2002.
Selected filmography: 1992 Molokan spiritual chants, 1993 A group portrait
with Trinity, 1994 In the beginning was the rhythm; One third of the circle,
1998 Visual onthology, 2000 Wear and remember, 2002 Oh, my rubies and
sapphires...; Intercession of the Virgin with the Kilins; 2002 And there evening,
and there was morning, 2004 Family of Petr and Eudokiya, 2005 Tub.
INTERCESSION OF THE VIRGIN DAY OF THE KILIN
33 mins, Russia, 2002
Director / company: Leonid Filimonov / Centre of visal anthropology, Moscow State University
Anany Kleonovich Kilin — religious philosopher, writer, spiritual leader of one of the
most viable old believer communities.. A person whose spirit could not be broken
neither by collectivisation nor by years of war and persecution of faith.After long
wanderings, at last, it was possible for him to find a place for his family in the suburbs of
one of the cities in the south of Russia. Gradually, relatives and friends of the same faith
have joined them. We were invited to a holiday of the Intercession of the Virgin, on the
same day as An any Kleonovich.s birthday. We hope that the film will help you, too, to
adjoin to the world of these people.
AND THERE EVENING AND THERE WAS
30 mins, Russia, 2002
Director / company: Leonid Filimonov / Centre of visal anthropology, Moscow
And the mist cleared away and opened a world in front of us,
which we entered and which entered us. And we spent that day together...
And then the night came, and the world again immersed
into its mystery (Altai, Kurmach-Baigul, August 28, 2001).
60 mins, Russia, 2008
Director: Evgeny Alexandrov
This film was shot several months before Leonid Filimonov’s death.
He had been frail and infirm for a long time. The illness was becoming more and more painful and taking
more and more energy. In his last years Leonid found it difficult to create films and he started digitalizing
his huge photo archive. Certainly I would have preferred to show him such as I remember —
strong and handsome whose friend and colleague I was happy to be throughout my adult life. But back
then I did not think about the coming farewell. The beautiful time seemed to linger forever...
26 mins, United Kingdom, 2006
Director: Leonie Morris
Sleeping in tree houses and eating from bins, for the past fours years an international group of activists have lived in Bilston Woods to prevent it being destroyed by the building of a new road.
This is the Leonie Morris first film. It was made as the final project
for an MA in Visual Anthropology at Manchester University. Prior to this, the filmmaker completed an MA in Anthropology and Sociology
at Glasgow University.
59 mins, Nepal & Norway, 2005
Director / company: Dipesh Kharel / Visual Cultural Study Program, University of Tromso
Alampu is a beautiful and exceedingly remote village in Nepal. The majority of the villagers are Thami, one of the indigenous groups of Nepal and more than 90 % are involved in the local slate
mine. Their lives have an almost poetic dimension, as strong women perform the tough and arduous
work alongside the men in the mountainside mines, carrying heavy slate loads to sell them in distant
villages. The film shows how co-operations between the miners makes this tough life bearable, as well as intimate scenes of the life of young mining families. It describes the socio-cultural life of the village and its interaction with the environment.
Dipesh Kharel is a filmmaker and ethnographer. He
has a Master in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development from Pokhara University in Nepal and has studied Master of Philosophy in Visual
Cultural Studies Program at University of Tromsø in Norway. His fieldwork has resulted in the text: Heavy
loads toward a better life and the film: A life with slate. He was awarded with several fellowships. His
film A life with slate has already screened at many
international film festivals and won the several prizes.
In outback Wittenoom, life is becoming increasingly insular. The government claims this ex-asbestos mining town is polluted, attempting to shut the town by bulldozing buildings and cutting off power. Now nature is taking over. Yet eight determined residents of the once boom-town remain.
Caro Macdonald has merged her interests in film and anthropology. A Masters
student at Manchesters Granada School of Visual Anthropology in 2000-2001, Caros graduate film Pushy Women is about the unusual world of female sumo wrestling in Japan. Caro has since worked in the field of
Indigenous Australian land rights. In 2006, Caro completed a Masters in Documentary Filmmaking at Melbournes Victorian College of the Arts. Her graduate film Wittenoom is about a dying outback Australian town which is plagued by it?s asbestos mining past.
51 mins, France, 2006
Director / company: Jérémie Reichenbach / Hibou Production
In 1963, short after the Mali state Independency, Tuareg rebellion against the new authorities, which will end in a blood bath. Terrible dry seasons will follow, pushing thousands of Mali and Niger Tuareg refugees on the road to Algeria and Lybia. So is Teshumara born, in pain and exile, as a cultural and political movement stating the existence of Tuareg people, and calling for their emancipation. This film is a tribute to the memory of Teshumara, and of Tuareg tragedy.
15 mins, United Kingdom, 2006
Director: Elhum Shakerifar
Roya and Omid is an exploration of transsexuality in the Islamic setting of Iran.
Bardia, a young female-to-male transsexual reflects on his childhood spent in the wrong body, when he was known as Roya (dream in Persian), but wished to be Omid (hope in Persian). His narrative is crossed the insightful comments of several male-to-female transsexuals in Iran — Donya, Handry, Leila and Shirin, who have to endure the daily scorn of society in their new roles as women.
Elhum Shakerifar grew up in France and in the UK. She completed
her undergraduate degree in Persian and Islamic Studies at Oxford in 2004, after which she studied Visual Anthropology at Goldsmiths,
University of London.
Her research so far has mostly dealt with the status and rights of social marginalities — ranging from gender issues in Islamic cultures
(particularly temporary marriage and transsexuality) to portrayals of mental and physical disability in contemporary Western societies.
She has long been active in various charitable organisations working
essentially in projects of photography and filmmaking.
23 mins, Russia, 2008
Director / company: Vladimir Golovnev / Time Path Filmstudio
Siberian village Okunevo is known as a sacred place for many years. Recently it became the place of pilgrimage for people of various religions simultaneously. Sergei and Valentin are the residents of Okunevo. Sergei is mentally retarded, and Valentin is unable to walk.
Vladimir Golovnev was born in 1982 in the Omsk city. In 2004 he has finished historical faculty of Omsk state university. In 2005 he has received the diploma of Independent school of cinema and TV Internews (speciality Film director).
34 mins, United Kingdom, 2007
Director / company: Anne-Katrine Hansen / The Granada Centre of Visual Anthropology at The University of Manchester
This portrait of 4 musicians — a teacher, a student, a professional and a promoter — takes us from bhajans (devotional songs) in the temples to improvisations on stage and in recording studios in Kochi, Kerala, in an exploration of 4 lives linked by devotion to the music that permeates life in India.
Anne-Katrine Hansen holds a Master in Visual Anthropology
from The University of Manchester, UK, and a BA in social anthropology
from The University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Together
with fellow students on the BA, she made her first film on young immigrants in a ghetto in Copenhagen. She then went to India doing an internship with Esok Film during the production
of the film Kathakali — Gudernes Dans (Kathakali — Dance of the Gods). On the MA in Manchester she made 3 collaborative films, Practically Married (on intercultural marriage), Svop
United (On two teenage sisters on their first sole journey) and Belle Vue (on the English dog race tradition). Anne-Katrine finished
her MA in Manchester with Sangita Priya — Lover of Music
and plans to pursue new film projects.
20 mins, Russia, 2007
Director / company: Antonina Korneeva / Saint-Petersburg State Univeristy
The documentary film Dreams come true is a picture of a person who lives in harmony with himself and his social field and environment for he creates his own world. The authors try to comprehend heros philosophy, sources of his mental and emotional liveliness that is not depend on his living conditions.
Antonina Korneeva was born in 1981 in Saint-Petersburg.
She graduated from the Sociology Department, Saint-Petersburg University. Her viewer?s interest in ethnographic film has grown into the self-taught film studies. She shot her
first film in cooperation with her husband, a professional
sound director Dmitry Denisov. Now Antonina is writing a dissertation on the visualization of scholarly knowledge and
teaches at the university.
15 mins, United Kingdom, 2007
Director: Amanda Hill
The world of the library is complex, full of ambiguities and double meanings. It has had little attention in anthropological debate or in the minds of most of its users. Upon further consideration, its seemingly unobtrusive or neutral position in the conscious thought of many brings about questions of its purpose, its use, and its history. Infamously known as the place where stuffy old maids and eccentric grey haired men flip through catalogs, rejoice in collecting library fines, and are quick to let out an annoyed hiss-like shhh! at the slightest disturbance. The film is a portrait of a changing world within and without the library.
Amanda Hill holds an MA in Visual Anthropology from the University of Manchester, UK and a BA in Anthropology
and German Language and Literature from the University
of Colorado, USA. She is currently developing new film
and sound art projects whilst facilitating the production of short films made by young people in Manchester.
The Film is devoted to the meeting of two cultures — Tajic and Uzbec — in the region Tajic
Pendjikent near the borders of Uzbekistan. Culture of both peoples are quite different and the history of their relationship is full of conflicts. The author made an attempt to show folk part of culture of these people — their music that is so similar and full of common values and life experiences.
Galina Rodionova is Master of Sociology, since 1994
worked for different social organisations and projects. Her
specialization is assessments and monitoring of rural life,
especially rural poverty. In 2007 she shot her first film
Keepers about Tajic and Uzbec folklore in Tajikistan. In 2008 participated in IV Moscow Visual Anthropological Festival with the film 17 minutes in boundary region.
Documentary on 9 May 2008 in Moscow — Belorusskaja Square, Victory and Gorky Parks. Street musician — accordionist. In June 2007 at Manezhnaja Square. No words — only video and Russian melodies.
Boris Budinas has Phd in Mathematics, member of the
Russian Union of Painters. His first video cam was bought in 2004 since then he shot so called video evidences — local cultural conferences in the city of Myshkin, memories of war
veterans and so on.
39 mins, USA, 2007
Director / company: Michael Herzfeld / Harvard University
In the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood in Rome the epoch of social changes begins. The film
captures the poignant memories and quiet desperation of men who today face increasing threats to their lives as artisans and shopkeepers and as residents of a once mostly working-class neighborhood amid some of Romes most famous monuments. The mens standing as economic providers and true representatives of the local culture is now threatened by a massive epidemic of evictions and by astronomical cost increases. They nevertheless recall with wry humor the poverty, scandals, and glories of a past that for them is still very much alive and that animates the sunwarmed ocher walls and cobblestones of their quarter.
Michael Herzfeld is Professor of Anthropology and
Curator of European Ethnology in the Peabody
Museum at Harvard University, where he has taught
since 1991. He was educated at the Universities of Cambridge (B.A. in Archaeology and Anthropology), Athens, Birmingham (M.A., Modern Greek Studies,
D. Litt.); and Oxford (Social Anthropology, D. Phil.). His
research, which has been conducted in Greece, Italy,
and Thailand, addresses questions of national and
local identity, historic conservation, the transmission
of knowledge, and gentrification and its discontents.
16 mins, Noway, 2007
Director/company: Mashhood Ahmed Sheikh & Seifu / University of Tromsø
This ethnographical film is about a company in Tromsø named Harley Davidson, the official dealer of the brand that sells Harley Davidson motor bicycles and accessories
in the northern part of Norway.
The film starts by introducing Lars (owner of the Harley Davidson Garage) and some
of the customers. Later on it takes us deeper into the Haley Davidson Milieu here in Tromsø.
Mashhood Ahmed Sheikh was born on December 27, 1981 in Lahore, Pakistan. After Graduating with Journalism the Director did
one year Diploma in Graphic Design from College of Art & Design,
Punjab University. Apart from that the Director has done Training from
GEO Television in 2005, Macromedia Authorized Training in 2005, a Certificate in Media Production (Video Production) from Post Graduate center for Multimedia Arts, National College of Arts, Lahore
in 2006, Fashion Photography Course from National College of Arts,
Lahore. One year Professional Diploma in Photography from Fine
Arts Department, Punjab University. Currently the Director is studying
MPhil Visual Culture from University of Tromsø, Norway.
40 mins, Belgium, 2006
Director / company: Guy Bordin & Renaud De Putter / Gsara
July in Mittimatalik, a small and remote Inuit community of Baffin Island, north of the
Arctic Circle. The sun doesn?t set for almost three months. The glasiers run into the
sea, the ice fields crack and float off, pushed by the wind. This is the blank page on which the stories of the dreams we collected are written, dreams of life, death, motherhood, anxiety and isolation. Ties are raw stories. There is no deciphering. Ties unnoticeably are woven between the dreamers and their world. A fragile balance is struck and dialogue continues.
Guy Bordin was born in 1959. Educated as a scientist, he has a long
interest in the Arctic world. First he explored its environmental
aspects and only then he turned his attention to the human and
cultural dimensions. An author of many publications, Guy Bordin has
a degree in the Inuit Culture and Language and works now on the
representation of the night among the Canadian Inuits. I Dreamt
made in cooperation with Renaud De Putter is his first film.
Renaud De Putter was born in Bruxelles in 1967. His creative work
develops in the domains of the film, music and text and is always
concentrated the themes of identity and memory. In 2002 he shot
Songs of Simplification. After I Dreamt made with Guy Bordin he has
just prepared Apart from Songs (Helicotronc) about the life of the
Canadian singer Marie Toulinguet.
31 mins, United Kingdom, 2007
Director /company: Alexander Hirl / Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology at The University of
Therese and Dominique started the rare breeds farm Leyssart in Southern France with barely
any money and the help of friends. Now, 20 years later, they take care of over 8000 animals, have five children and rely on voluntary workers and interns. It is an idealistic project that is based on Therese?s and Dominique?s passion for their work and philosophy of life. But their passions have grown apart: he lives for his animals, she tries to integrate work and family life. The film follows them in their struggles, conflicts and reflections on the nature of relationships. Are ideals sustainable? Does work and family mix? What is the passion for nature, the nature
Alexander Hirl was born in Munich in 1980. After studying
acting in Vienna and working as a set-runner for a well
known German TV series he decided that the unpredictability of everyday life was of greater interest for him than scripts or rehearsals. A documentary filmmaker
introduced him to the field of Social Anthropology. Inspired
by this he studied Anthropology in Munich where he produced his first documentaries and worked for a documentary production company. He just graduated with an MA in Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester.
In the middle of June 2006 it is snowing and cold because summer in Chuyskaya valley of Gorny Altay is the same cold and short as in Arctic Tundra. On the summer kitchen of the Kazakhs Toremurat and Nurgasha adults play dice. While adults remembering the rules of the game little Djanat felt the mood of the game. Long time ago asiki (Kazakhs dice) were very popular among all the the Kazakhs, now its just the reminder of the childhood.
Elena Larina is associate professor of Ethnology in Moscow State University, her specialization is history and culture of the people of Central Asia.
24 mins, Taiwan, R.O.C., 2007
Director / company: Akira Chen /Akira Road Film Co. Ltd.
This is the first attempt in Taiwan with mere Tayal language in presentation and more importantly all the actors are Tayal people. By incorporating themes like migration, hunting,
weaving, dreams and the communal memories, the movie conveys the traditional ecological
knowledge of Tayal. For this film, the local Tayal dwellers are actively involved in the construction of the scene buildings that are expected to turn into their local museum in the future. Moreover, they were trained to act in the film to play their ancestors. ln this way, this film exemplifies an empowering dimension for the modern local Tayal people through revitalizing their ecological traditional knowledge and collective memories.
Akira Chen — Graduated from Graduate School for Social
Transformation Studies of Shih Hsin University, the director
Akira Chen used to work as a journalist, and parliament
assistant. After taking part in making of several TV dramas,
films, documentaries, and having some experiences in stage drama, the director is now an independent film
maker. As the director and scriptwriter of Once Upon A Time, Chen hopes that this movie can serve as a catalyst for engaging the audiences in the ancient world of Tayal people and furthermore to think about the issues related to the peoples current situation.
21 mins, Russia, 2007
Director / company: Sergey Anaskin / A-Film Studio
Stepanida Borisova (Stesha) is one of the most gifted theatrical actress and folk singer, living in Yakutia (North Siberia). Our film displays only few days from her life. Rehearsals before new CD recording. Difficult female part in epic period stage production. Journey to distant village (she wants
take part in traditional yakuts folk festival Ysyakh). Stesha grew up here. Native place bring her nostalgic memories...
Sergei Anashkin was born in 1965. Graduated from
Cinematologic Faculty of VGIK. Author of many
articles published in The Art of Cinema, Premiere,
Kinoforum, Seans and The Other Cinema
magazines. He is a member of The Cinematographical Union of Russia. Member the jury on Moscow, Kiev and Fribourg Film Festivals. In 2007
shot a debut film Toyuk about Stesha.
Reindeer breeding is an essential aspect of Saami culture. Living in a self-made hut on an island Nikolai and Maria always stay in contact with their domestic reindeer herd. And the job of a reindeer breeder is not so simple. But this nomadic way of life is their choice. Is this just a surviving or there is something more?
Elena Shabeeva was born in Petrozavodsk in 1977.
Graduated in psychology from the University of Karelia in 2000. Since 2003 she has been living, studying and working in Italy. In 2004 she started to study in Florence University. Stages in Florence Film Production and Editing Laboratory of Videolab, workshop in visual anthropology permited her to do different research in anthropology and psychology. The Reindeer Man is her first work.
The Al-Hadji and His Wives is a 50-minute film portrait of a Mbororo Fulani patriarch, Al-Hadji Isa, his savvy wives, and their rebellious daughters. The documentary provides a glimpse into their everyday lives, religious and moral practices, as well as the political opinions the Al-Hadji has to offer from his particular corner of the world. With a critical but sympathetic gaze, it also chronicles and investigates the process and rationale by which Amina, a 16-year-old daughter of the family, is forced into an unwanted marriage. While her attempted escape had been in vain, Amina has inscribed her silent protest on the walls of her mother?s hut and onto the film, serving as a testimony of women?s resistance and resilience under an oppressive patriarchy.
Jie Li grew up in Shanghai and New York City and is now
a graduate student in Chinese literature and film studies at Harvard University. Her documentary films, A Village Across the World and The Al-Hadji and His Wives, have
been broadcast on television and screened in film festivals
around the world, including the Tiburon International Film
Festival, Bilan du Film Ethno-graphique, The Society for Visual Anthropology Film Festival, Parnu Film Festival, The Mostra International Ethnographic Film Festival, and Days
of Ethnographic Film Festival. Apart from making films, she
is a published bilingual writer of fiction and non-fiction and
is currently working on her Ph.D. dissertation.
229 mins, Tanzania & USA, 2008
Director / company: Ashley Shuyler / Harvard Media Anthropology Lab
The film follows Ngunina, a young Maasai woman who was the first in her village to go to secondary
school, after she returns to her family home in Tanzania. As Ngunina tries to share her story with the
filmmaker — who was also the American sponsor of Ngunina?s education — the complex nature of their relationship is gradually revealed. By attending to the everyday activities of Ngunina and her
family, framed by the interactions between filmmaker and subject, this nonfiction video observes
those moments of discomfort — and simultaneous efforts toward empathy — that result when ethnography, sponsorship and friendship intersect.
Ashley Shuyler is a student at Harvard University,
and the founder of AfricAid, a non-profit organization
that works to support girls? education in Tanzania.
Through her work with AfricAid, and because of her academic research for Harvard, Ashley has spent time
living, working, and teaching in Tanzania for the past
decade. In Somebody Like Me, which is her first film,
Ashley lives with her Maasai friend Ngunina, the young Tanzanian woman with whom Ashley
exchanged letters for years of her childhood.
20 mins, India & UK, 2007
Director / company: Ian McDonald / Pooram Productions
Kalari: a sacred pit. Payattu: exercise. Kalarippayattu is a martial art indigenous to the southern
Indian state of Kerala. Originating as a form of combat in medieval south India, its followers claim
that it is the mother of all martial arts. Yet few people outside of Kerala have seen or even heard of this practice. Inside the Kalari is a lyrical and atmospheric portrayal of kalarippayattu filmed in a traditional kalari located in Thiruvananthaparum. Set against Keralite music and beats, it focuses on the aestheticised movements of the practitioner?s bodies as they progress through the various levels
of training and practice, to capture the aura and essence of kalarippayattu through the day-to-dayness of its existence.
Ian McDonald is a sociologist and documentary filmmaker. He teaches at the University of Brighton, UK. Ian has researched and published widely on the politics and sociology of the body in India. Inside the Kalari is the culmination of his quest to distill the essence and the aura of kalarippayattu. It comes after three years of research on kalarippayattu, involving extensive travelling up and down the coastal strip of Kerala to document and film this martial art.
54 mins, Australia & Germany & Papua New Guinea, 2007
Director: Verena Thomas
In 1937 a young missionary, Father John Nilles, arrived in the highlands of Papua New Guinea.
There he would stay for the next 54 years, living with the people of Chimbu, learning their language and way of life, introducing them to his God and Western culture. More than just a priest, he would become an anthropologist, linguist, politician and clan leader. Through Nilles extraordinary archive of photos, diaries and letters as well as interviews with those who knew
him, filmmaker Verena Thomas pieces together a portrait of this fascinating man — her greatuncle. What she discovers is an unexpected new family, who had made Papa Nilles one of their own.
Verena Thomas born in Germany, Verena Thomas is now
based in Sydney, where she completed a Masters of Media
Arts and Production. For the last decade she has worked
in the Australian and international film and television
industries as a motion graphics designer and editor. Papa
Bilong Chimbu is Verenas first long-form documentary as director and producer. In 2006, she returned to Papua New Guinea to show the film at a series of community
screenings. Now, as part of her Doctorate of Creative Arts,
she is working to set up media workshops in the Chimbu
province of PNG to enable the people to record and tell
their own stories.
33 mins, England & Japan, 2007
Director: Jennifer Tomoe Peachey
Home is an intimate and warm portrayal of the film-maker?s Japanese mother, which explores
experiences, reflections and memories of family and life in Japan and barbaric England. As the journey unfolds, we find ourselves in Japan for The Festival of The Dead. Here, an unexpected twist reveals the emotional idiosyncrasies that lie behind this national cultural
festival, provoking us look inside ourselves to question the importance of blood, land and culture in understanding home, family, and who we are in the world... A film about
memory, migration, and auto-ethnography.
Jennifer Peachey has a BA in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge ,an MA in Visual Anthropology
from the University of Manchester and has just started a PhD at the University of Aberdeen. She is interested in experimental film and utilising the filmic medium to both express and make accessible anthropological ideas to those outside of the discipline and play with theoretical concepts within the discipline.
27 mins, Palestinian Territories, 2007
Director / company: Esther Hertog / Granada Center for Visual Anthropology, Manchester
Filmed in Dheisheh refugee camp in the West Bank, the documentary follows a group of children with their Palestinian and European trainers, participating in a circus summer-camp. Despite the joy and laughter of the circus there are constant reminders of the ongoing political confrontation. How is the conflict integrated in the childrens everyday reality and the circus activities? What place has the circus project in the childrens hope and despair?
Esther Hertog, born in Amsterdam, lived for twelve years
in Israel. In 2002 she moved back to the Netherlands for her BA studies in Cultural Anthropology at the Amsterdam University as well as the Visual Ethnography course at the Leiden University. She finished her Bachelors with the film Ossama?s Dance in 2006. Esther studied for her MA in Visual Anthropology at the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, University of Manchester. In addition to her
studies, Esther is an acrobat performer and trainer. Thus,
for her final project she made a film about a circus project
in Palestine, combining her circus skills, her connection to the Middle East and ethnographic filmmaking. She lived for one and a half months in Dheisheh refugee camp in the Westbank where she taught in a circus summer camp and filmed Hope Despair Laughter: A circus project in Palestine.
15 mins, Serbia, 2007
Director / company: Ivan Ramljak / Atelje Varan Belgrade
In the Belgrade quarter Chubura, at the address 38 Baba Visnjina street, there is a yard where until recently 11 families were living. A few days before the demolition team arrived, there remained only one fig tree, one apple tree, and one man.
Ivan Ramljak was born on in 1974. For the last 10 years he worked mainly as a journalist and film critic. Apart from that he also organized lots of cultural events (Film Mondays in Močvara
club, 1. Human Rights Film Festival Zagreb, DocHouse film nights, music concerts etc....). In the summer of 2007 he participated in Atelje Varan Paris Documentary Workshop that
was held in Belgrade. 38 Baba Višnjina Street is the product of that workshop, and his debut film. In the beginning of 2008 he will direct his first professional short fiction film called Siget.
52 mins, France 2005
Director / company: Benoît Ségur / ZED
The Nenetses, the last reindeer breeders of the Great North, live in northern Siberia. In this
universe, dominated by the cold and frighteningly violent winds, Edik must learn about the
difficult life of a reindeer breeder. If he proves worthy of his ancestors, he will take his place
among the men.
In southern Siberia, live the camel breeders of Bactriane. Natsag, the head of the family, has
decided that, with the help of the spirits, this is the year he will choose which of his two
grandchildren, Altagan or Dsolbo should take charge of half of the herd. The boy he chooses
will thus gain his independence and will be recognized in the Mongol world as a true man.
Benoît Ségur was born 15 November 1966 in Tour. He
became the fourth child in the family of a military doctor.
The meeting with different countries and peoples started
while his childhood thanks to his father's voyages. At the
age of 21 he went to Indonesia to make his first film. Life
and traditions of aborigine peoples became the main
theme of his work.During 18 years of work he made about
30 films in four corners of the earth. Benoit Segur looks
forward to continue his work in Russia, the country which
many Europeans even now see as terra incognita, the
country which will keep on impressing the world by its
reach history, culture and traditions.
57 mins, Italy, 2008
Director / company: Rossella Schillaci, Azul Prozuzioni / Etnolab, Archivio di etnografia e Storia sociale
With sharp voices, the women of St. Costantino and St. Paul Albanese sing the most heartrending
songs. These are the ancient vjeshet, handed down from mother to daughter. They
tell of the Albanian escape to seek shelter in southern Italy, five centuries ago. But they are
also the creative expression of women who, to make light of their work in the fields, "threw"
songs from one hill to another, to be "picked up" by the other women. These songs tell the
stories of brave and ironic women, stories of emigrations and returns. As long ago as 1954,
the anthropologist Ernesto De Martino organized an expedition to these two villages and
recorded the vjeshet. But now, more than 40 years after that expedition, as they themselves
relate, with irony, it is the women themselves who make the wider world aware of the their
songs by giving concerts throughout Italy, and even as far as Albania and France.
Filmmaker and researcher, Rossella Schillaci attended a
MA in Visual Anthropology in Manchester. She worked for
Laranja Azul, a Portuguese production company, working
also as cameraman for O linho è um sonho. In 2001 she
made a documentary for the Danish television; then she participated
to the EU-India Documentary Initiative, shooting in India
Living beyond borders , a documentary for the TV serial
"The space of life" produced by The Thomson Foundation,
broadcasted in Indian national TV. At present, she work besides
as assistant director for TV and as researcher in the
University of Milan and in a Archive of Ethnographic. Filmography:
2000 Ascuntami, 2001 Euro blows over Strombol,
2004 Living beyond borders, 2005 Pratica e maestria, 2007
57 mins, Czech Republic, 2007
Director / company: Petr Hajn / Direct Film s.r.o.
The documentary film is a unique documentary study of fenomenon of sword (weapon)
dances, tradition preserved up to now across European countries. The film arises from the
work of famous Moravian ethnologist Frantisek Pospísil. The authors gained the copies
contained an unpublished editing of sword dances in Europe shot apparently at a time from
1920 to 1926 by Frantisek Pospísil. The archive shots from the twenties confronted with
contemporary reality form the first backbone of the documentary film. The second backbone of
the document is formed by the person of Frantisek Pospísil, the film enthusiast who at the time
of the culminating economic crisis travels across Europe and makes his film records with a
heavy film equipment.
Petr Hajn was born 1963 in Plzen. He
graduated from Faculty of Law of The Masaryk University
in Brno and the Prague Academy of Art (documentary film
studies). He worked as free lance photographer, director
assistant for TV and private production companies in Brno
and Prague, then as a director for Czech Televizion, RAI,
ZDF, ORF and other European public TV and private
production companies mainly making TV documentaries,
TV concerts and TV films. Since 1993 he is the owner of
Direct Film (Film and TV independent production company). Selected filmography: 1996 Workshop Of The Soul, 1997
What I Confess To, 2001 Solstice.
46 mins, Australia, 2008
Director / company: Dominique Sweeney / The Centre for Cross Cultural Research, Australian National University
In northwest Australia a range of corroborees incorporate the use of masks. These and other
performance objects connect bodies to country, cultural knowledge and ancestors. The Miriwung,
Narinyman and Worla people in the film discuss and perform the animation of Ungud
(rainbow serpent) and Ngarrangkarni (dreamings) through performance. Do performances
then mean the same when performed away from their country of origin at national and international festivals? Are the conceptual categories "performance" and "mask" sufficient to describe
what is happening in these circumstances?
Dominique Sweeney trained and works as a performer. His
education included two years in Paris at L'ecole de Theatre,
Jacques Lecoq, while his work has seen him on stages,
screen and other locations throughout Australia. He has a
B.Ed in drama/dance/philosophy from Deakin University
(Rusden). Working with masks, (directing, devising and
performing) has led to Dominique's current PhD research
which includes this film.
78 mins, Denmark & France, 2007
Director: Perle Møhl
Like forceful omens, scientific reports have hitherto depicted the Amerindian Emerillon as cultureless
and doomed to disappear. With this film, an anthropologist proposes to defy these negative images,
by the same token delving into their world. Several young Emerillon take up the challenge, and
through their resourceful and often stumbling efforts to maintain a life in the forest while profiting
from their status as French citizens, they present another version of what being Emerillon is about.
Emerges a rare, profoundly generous and non-ethnocentric discourse, one that asserts that to feel.
Perle Møhl, anthropologist (PhD) and documentary
filmmaker Independent researcher (AnthropE),
member of Ateliers Varan since 1992. Author of books
and articles about film and visual anthropology, village
communication in France and representations of the
Emerillon of French Guiana. Selected filmography: 1988 Limfjordsfisker, 1994
Ainsi va la terre.
68 mins, Macedonia, 2008
Director / company: Vladimir Bocev / MRAMOR
Cveta and Dimche, Menka and Blagoja, are aged members of two lonely families. They
live with the thought that the train arriving and leaving from the village every day would
one day bring some of their numerous children and grandchildren to visit them.
Vladimir Bocev born in Skopje, Macedonia in 1961. Graduated in
ethnology at the St. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. In
2006 acquired the title Master of Arts at the St. Cyril and Methodius
university in Skopje with the thesis Visual Ethnology of Macedonian
Deserted Villages in Ritual Times of Festivities.
Employed in the Museum of Macedonia as ethnologist curator for
the collection of customs and traditional music instruments. Accomplished
research projects Rituals with Masks and the international
project Sacrifice in the Customs of Macedonians. Staged
several one-man exhibitions. Author of many films participating in
official competition on numerous ethnographic film festivals in
71 mins, United Kingdom, 2006
Director / company: Michael Yorke / Upsidefilms
Award-winning filmmaker, Michael Yorke, goes on a Himalayan pilgrimage with two wandering
Hindu monks. They are both "sadhus", members of the most extreme Shaivite ascetic order, the
Juna Akhara.Uma Giri was once a Swedish model, but when her family collapsed 30 years ago
she took refuge in a Himalayan monastery. Today she is the only woman initiated into a male
order. Vasisht Giri, is a 29-year-old Indian, educated in a Christian convent school. He ran
away from his wealthy parents when he was sixteen years old and spent fourteen years
meditating in Himalayan caves.Together they go on a pilgrimage of self-discovery into the high
Himalayas, to the source the Ganges and Yamuna rivers, searching out saints and mystics.
This is an intimately observed broadcast quality documentary. Exploring the inner motivations
of two people and why anyone would follow one of the most extreme and arduous religious
disciplines known to the world in one of its most beautiful environments.
Michael Yorke, as an academic anthropologist and a
leading documentary maker. He is a specialist in Indian
tribal communities and has researched among the Munda
and the Gond peoples. He now lectures in Visual
Anthropology at such institutes as the LSE, SOAS, Oxford
University and the Manchester University Granada Centre.
He is an active busy member the Royal Anthropological
Institute Film and Festival committee and runs the Oxford
Academy of Documentary Film. Selected filmography: 1974 The People Of The Rice Pot,
1983 Dossers, 1984 Muslims In Britain, 1988 Taking The
Heat, 1991 Eunuchs: India's Third Gender, 1993 The
Living God, 1995 The End of Eden, 1999 Medicine Men:
Siberia, 2001 Kumbh Mela: The Greatest Show on Earth,
2002, The Tallest Story.
26 mins, Russia, 2008
Director / company: Ivan Golovnev / Ethnographic Burau Studio
The dialogue between people, nature and gods is based upon a sacred knowledge and
mythology. In the modern world only a few cultures based on myth survive. This film takes us
into the word of old man Peter Sengepov, the last surviving Shaman of the Kazym River, who
lives alone in the depths of the Siberian taiga.
Ivan Golovnev graduated from the Omsk State University,
History department. In 2002 finished college at the
Sverdlovsk Film Studio in Ekaterinburg, department of
directors of cinema and TV. In 2005 — finished the Highest
Courses of Film Writers and Directors in Moscow,
department of film directors. Winner and participant of the
international film festivals and film projects. Filmography: 2004 Tiny Katerina, 2006 Crossroads.
45 mins, Serbia
Director / company: Boris Mitic / Dribbling Pictures
An intimate look at Gypsy refugees in a Belgrade suburb who make a living by transforming Citroën's
classic 2cv and Dyana cars into Mad Max-like recycling vehicles, which they use to collect cardboard,
bottles and scrap metal. These modern horses are much more efficient than the cart-pushing competition,
but even more important — they also mean freedom, hope and style for their crafty owners. Even the car
batteries are used as power generators in order to get some light, watch TV and recharge mobiles!
Almost an alchemist's dream come true! But the police doesn't always find these strange vehicles funny...
Boris Mitic was born in 1977 in Leskovac,
southern Serbia. Lived on a few continents,
graduated in mass communication, settled back
in Belgrade, fought a war, worked for 5 years for
top-level international media, understood some
things and dedicated the rest of his life to his
family, football and one-man documentaries. Filmography: 2004 Pretty Dyana, 2004 Unmik
52 mins, Belgium, 2006
Director / company: Gilles Remiche / Les Filmes de la passerelle
The film is a journey to the heart of Kinshasa to discover the "churches of healing" also called
the "the churches of awakening". Their promises of healing incurable diseases, of obtaining a
visa for the European eldorado or even of immediate prosperity attract the majority of Congolese
to these churches. In this unbelievable world the violence of the worship services reflects
that of the misery and the tragic-comical language of tele-evangelists, with their
cynicism, megalomania and surrealism, responds to the hopeless naivety of the faithful.
Gilles Remiche was born in Brussels in 1979. He studies
video-art in the University of the Eastern London and during
his studies he shoots some video-works. Returning to
Brussels Zhil Remish works as an editor, assistant producer
and operator. He shoots various reports for Belgian TV (
television and radio broadcaster of French community in
Belgium) all over the world.
52 mins, Spain, 2006
Director / company: Manuel Jiménez Núñez / Producciones Talento Andalucía
In an inhospitable place, immersed in the sands of the marshes and surrounded by the quiet
murmur of the woods, a whole village takes oaths every day, devoting themselves to the single
purpose of protecting, watching over and venerating the image of the Virgin, which is the
beginning and end of their lives for countless generations. The lost village tries to show the
tremendous network of sentiments and passions that converge in this singular relationship,
forged generation after generation and tempered through the centuries.
Manuel Jiménez Núñez was born in Malaga (Spain), 26th
June 1973. Graduated in Audiovisual Communication
Sciences from the University of Málaga. The 2nd Festival
de Cine Español de Málaga, videocreation's winner with
"The magician". "The lost village", his first feature-length
documentary film, won the Jury First Prize and was voted
Best Spanish Film at the year's Festival Internacional de
Documentales de Madrid (DOCUMENTAMADRID 07).
57 mins, Norway, 2007
Director / company: Rossella Ragazzi / SONAR FILM
Anthropological study and documentary portraying two young Sami (Lappish) yoikers
(Sami traditional chanting technique) in their search for the past connections to their
traditional ways of life and their successful career as rock stars in Europe. A film about
the process of combining a local and global life, young culture, ethnic minorities
struggles for coming to term with the colonial repression of the past.
Rossella Ragazzi (MA, PhD, currently Senior Research Fellow at
University of Tromso), born in Rome in 1965. Her main fields of
research are: media applied to anthropology, transcultural cinema,
communication, performance, migration, childhood, visual and
cultural studies. Former senior lecturer at Visual and Cultural
Studies Dept. at the University of Tromso, institute of Social
Anthropology from 1998 to 2007 and anthropological film
supervisor of MA students in Visual Anthropology. Selected filmography: 2000 La Memoire Dure, 2001 The Enigma
of Health: Gadamer, 2003 At home in the World, 2005 Walking on
Uneven Paths, 2007 FirekeepersAt home in the World.
59 mins, India, 2006
Director / company: Praveen Kumar / ANDAAZ PRODUCTION
In Madhubani, people struggle against trying circumstances to eke out a living. Many have taken to
painting to survive. Until a few years back motives having a strong ritual basis were painted on the cow
dung coated walls of huts. Now artists paint these traditional motives on paper. These paintings are then
sold in markets in India and abroad. While many painters repeat certain traditional motives other artists
boldly expand the scope to include contemporary themes. The film is about these painters, their
circumstances, their inspirations and their works. The film grows to completion by a criss-crossing of
narratives stitched together by sights and songs of the milieu that births these artists. The central line of
the film is the Khobbar ritual in which a newly married couple spend three days and nights in the painted
Kohbbar Ghar before they may consummate their marraige. This vigil over desire provides the film with a
Praveen Kumar was born in 1964. In 1987 he
received his Diploma in Cinema, Varan, Paris.
Graduation in Economics Delhi University,1985.
Started his career based in New Delhi as an
Independent film director and producer of many
documentary / corporate films / docu-drams /
films with HTA, NCERT, UNICEF, Cine India TV,
Royal Norwegian Embassy, Doordarshan. He
also worked as an in-house producer for
"Business India" TV. Besides, he is a student of
Classical Hindostani Flute.
39 mins, India, 2007
Director / company: Dhananjoy Mandal / Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre
Chhou is a folk dance with powerful idiom. The folk dance performance with mask in the
Purulia district of West Bengal in India. The documentary film on Chou dance, presents its
history, its present forms, analytic presentation of its uniqueness, its possibilities. It deals
with Artist of Chhou with their livelihood. In spite of their hardship, their inherent artistry leads
the folk dance alive.
Dhananjoy Mandal, 4 International & 2 National Awards
winning film maker, comes from country side of Bengal,
India. He is a self-taught film maker. He is making
documentaries, short and feature films for more than a
decade. Altogether 28 films have in his credit. His films had
participated in a number of national and international film
festivals at home and aboard. Selected Filmography: A Silent Killer, A Journey With
Kakmaras, Gangasagar, Talbanami, The Story of WBSEB.
55 mins, Greece, 2007
Director / company: Athena Peglidou / University of Ioannina
Migration through the Greek-Albanian borderline is defined from a constant flow of people and
goods from the one side of the border to the other, legal or illegal. Ôhis flow ignores the line that
divides the two national states and creates networks of economic and social relations. The
phenomenon is first of all a result of geographic proximity but is also related to the
reestablishment of pre-existing bonds between neighboring areas on both sides of the border.
One should not leave out the complex cultural affinity between communities and ethnic groups in
the region that make easier the communication among locales that were violently divided by the
national border. Filming, result of long-term fieldwork, focuses on the life experiences of
individuals, follows their itineraries and their border crossings, attempting through a participant
camera, to put down their interpretations, motives and dilemmas.
Athena Peglidou is at the University of Thessaly (Volos,
Greece). She holds a BA in Aristotle University of
Thessaloniki), D.E.A. in Social Anthropology, D.E.A. in
Anthropological Cinema and Documentary, Ph.D. in
Social Anthropology (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en
Sciences Sociales, Paris). Her academic interests
focused on the social construction of mental disorder
through the paradigm of cleaning compulsion among
Greek women, the conceptualisation of psychic and
somatic in mental illness, the symbolic uses of drugs and
the therapeutic itineraries of Greek depressive women. In
general her research interests include the anthropology
of illness, gender anthropology and the application of
visual technologies in fieldwork research. Filmography: 1998 Cultus Luminis.
A unique voyage through the music, dance and spirit possession practices of
the Ovahimba people of north-western Namibia and south-western Angola,
The documentary presents a singular vision of the Ovahimba people, that of
director Rina Sherman who filmed the lives of an Omuhimba family for seven
years. She focuses on how singing, rhythm and voice work together with
dance and spirit possession to compose a complete imaginary universe and a
dense and complex social structure.
Rina Sherman was born in South Africa, was exiled from the country and
settled in France in 1984 where she has been living and working since. A
classical musician by training, she worked as independent theatre actress
and as vision mixer for South African television, before turning to filmmaking.
In 1990 she completed a doctorate with distinction at the Sorbonne,
supervised by Jean Rouch. Rina Sherman has initiated several cultural
projects and was awarded the prestigious French prize, Villa Médicis Hors
les Murs, which allowed her to realise extensive research in the film archives
of the Southern African region. Selected filmography: 1983 Eugene Jardin, 1984 Entrance and Exit with
Suzanne, 1992 An Egg without a Shell, 1994 Bantu Education, 1996 This is
my Regular Album, 2000 Kurakurisa Ouruvi / Shake Your Brains, 2006
Ovaryange Tji Veya / When Visitors Come.
77 mins, Australia, 2007
Director / company: David MacDougall / FieldworkFilms, CCRMediaWorks
Inspired by the cinema of Lumiere and the ideas of the 20th century Indian thinker
Krishnamurti, David MacDougall explores in his new film a famous progressive school in South
India, the Rishi Valley School. This is a film dedicated to the simple act of looking, in which
each scene is a single shot.
David MacDougall is a documentary filmmaker and writer
on cinema. MacDougall writes regularly on documentary
and ethnographic cinema. He is presently a Professorial
Fellow at the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research,
Australian National University, Canberra. Selected filmography: 1972 To Live With Herds, 1979
The Wedding Camels, 1991 Photo Wallahs, 1993 Tempus
de Baristas, 2000 Doon School Chronicles, 2001 With
Morning Hearts, 2003 The New Boys, 2004 The Age of
High up in the mountains of Kosovo live the Gorani, a small Islamic people of Slavic
origin, with no country of their own. The Kosovo war of '99 brought unrest into these
fable-like parts and lives of the people, pushing them away in search of a new life. The
ones who remain tell their stories — before the winds carry them away.
Srdjan Keca was born in 1982 in the smoggy but quiet town of
Pancevo, Serbia. Studied theoretical and experimental physics at
the University of Belgrade. In 2004 completed the French
documentary filmmaking school of Ateliers Varan and together
with colleagues from Serbia founded Atelier Varan Belgrade, a
documentary film production and training centre, which he was
running until the end of 2007. In 2005 he produced a series of 8
documentaries entitled Serbia Verite, and spent many magical
months in the south of Kosovo, making one of them — After the
War. In 2007 he helped produce and organize a regional Varan
workshop with 12 filmmakers from former Yugoslav countries.
Presently studying Geography and Environment at the University
of London, tying together too many knots, preparing new films,
and hoping for the best.
This film aims to capture a sense of the life of children living on the street in Gondar
by witnessing the interaction between two children and the film-maker. Although it is
about the children's life on the streets, the entire film was shot in the film-maker's
room in the Ethiopia Hotel. This limited space allows the film to focus on
communication between subjects and film-maker and to reveal some of the ideas
that enable them to endure and survive on the streets. This film is more a sensitive
testimony than a scientific documentary. Through its hybrid approach, the film-maker
aims to explore new trends in visual anthropology touching upon intimacy and
Itsushi Kawase is a filmmaker, anthropologist, and Buddhist monk
currently living in Kyoto, Japan. He was born as the fifteenth heir of
the successive Shin Buddhist temple in the village of Gifu in 1977. He
studied anthropology at Ritsumeikan University and the University of
British Columbia. He pursued his musical career, practicing improvisational
performances with various artists in Japan, Canada, and India
during the late 1990s. In 2001, he initiated the long-term anthropological
research on hereditary singers in northern Ethiopia. Itsushi
Kawase is currently a Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the
Promotion of Science. Selected filmography: 2005 Lalibalocc — Living in the Endless
Blessing, Kids got a song to sing, 2007 Dansing Addis Ababa.
28 mins, Slovenia, 2006
Director / company: Nasko Kriznar / Audio-Visual Laboratory, Institute of ethnology, Scientific research center of Slovenian academy of sciences & arts
In Europe there is probably no area as small as Slovenia that would keep the culture of
rural masks so original and diverse. In the Slovenian ethnic territory we know two
distinctive carnival regions: western and north-eastern. The most characteristic carnival
group are the societies of Ploughmen. One of them is presented in the film. The main
activity of the society, however, is preparing and carrying out of the local carnival —
fasenk. The goal of the society is to preserve characteristic masks, clothes, carnival
figures and the general image of carnival events according to local heritage. Both
fasenk and other traditional carnivals are changing very fast. That is why it is urgent that
we ask ourselves what does fasenk mean to people today and how to preserve its
Nasko Kriznar, ethnologist, visual anthropologist, affiliated at
Institute for ethnology, the head of Audio-Visual Laboratory,
director of the festival Days of ethnographic film in Ljubljana,
university teacher, Koper. Key words: visual ethnography,
intangible heritage, history of ethnographic film, visual studies,
regional ethnology. Selected filmography: 1970 White people, 1989 The traces of
Perun's cult in Macedonia, 1992 The bread of Istria, 1995
Christmas bread, 2001 Flute, 2005 Maypole.
59 mins, Papua New Guinea & Denmark, 2007
Director / company: Christian Suhr Nielsen, Ton Otto and Steffen Dalsgaard / Moesgard Film
What does it mean when anthropologists claim to study the cultural traditions of
others by participating in them? This film follows the Dutch anthropologist Ton Otto,
who has been adopted by a family on the island of Baluan in the South Pacific. Due
to the death of his adoptive father he has to take part in mortuary ceremonies whose
form and content are however forcefully contested by different groups of relatives.
The film is part of long-term fieldwork in which filmmaking has become integrated in
the ongoing dialogue and exchange relations between the islanders and the
Christian Suhr Nielsen,
born in Denmark, is a
graduate student at the
Department of Anthropology
at the University of Aarhus.
He has produced a number
of films for ethnographic and
archaeological exhibitions at
Moesgaard Museum. Filmography: 2004 Want a
Ton Otto, born in the Netherlands,
is professor of anthropology
and ethnography at the
University of Aarhus. He has
conducted fieldwork in Papua
New Guinea since 1986. From
his first fieldwork (1986—88) he
has used video re-cordings as
part of his research and analysis
but also as a means of exchange
with the local people, who value
receiving films on their culture.
"All my terms I've earned with my fist", says the hero of the film Vladimir Suslov. That is he
served all his four terms of 20 years in total for hooliganism. It is known that a side blow is
called a swing. But swing also means jazz, which is the greatest passion of Suslov. He is a
musician by profession — a drummer and percussionist. Vivid monologues of this peculiar
Russian man reveal all his contradictory life, beginning from early childhood...
Anatoly Baluyev was born and grew up in the Komy
Permyak Autonomous District, Russian Federation. He
graduated from the Russian State Cinema Institute (VGIK) in
1973 with the diploma of a film critic. Since 1976 Mr. Baluyev
has been shooting films. All of them won awards at film
festivals both in Russia and abroad. Anatoly Baluyev is a
holder of the State Literature and Arts Award of the Russian
Federation and a member of the Russian Academy of Motion
Picture Arts and Sciences. He lives in Yekaterinburg. Selected filmography: 1976 Oh Bicycle!, 1988 The Fugue,
1992 We Were Smoke, 1994 Waves, 1998 The Choir, 2000
Bikkoboy (Sacrifice of Bulls).
26 mins, Russia, 2007
Director / company: Evgeny Aleksandrov / Centre for visal anthropology, Moscow State
Old believers in Russia have a specific role as the most spiritually rich and at the
same time tragic personification of the nation's historical pathway. Fate of every
old believer family line is an example of suffering and tenacity. Lyubov
Mikhailovna Deikova, our favorite heroine, is a very modest and very gifted
person. But it is the point of other films. In this film Lyubov Mikhailovna tells about
Evgeny Aleksandrov, leading research assistant, Doctor of Fine Arts,
the scientific advisor of the video-group of the Center of New
Information Technologies of Moscow State University. The head of the
public Center of Visual Anthropology of M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State
University. Has about 60 publications on visual anthropology.
Monograph "Discussions of theoretical and methodological problems of
visual anthropology", Editor of six collected articles on visual
anthropology. Producer of video works of CVA MSU. Selected filmography: 1998 Desert, my desert..., 2000 To help
Theodor, 2004 To Luba and further, 2005 Island of faith, 2005 Years in a
53 min, Estonia & Norway & Mozambique, 2007
Director / company: Liivo Niglas, Frode Storaas / MP DOC
The Vumba Hills in central Mozambique, close to the Zimbabwe border, are the kingdom of Mambo
(Chief) Chirara. The Mambo's leading position is acknowledged by the government, and in addition to
being the region's most important spiritual leader, the Mambo has the right to hold court cases that deal
with minor crimes, problems involving spirits and domestic affairs. He is assisted by several subchiefs
and ritual leaders. In the northernmost corner of the Mamb's kingdom, Mbuya Gondo, an over 70-
years-old woman, is a spiritual medium. She often holds ceremonies at a well-known rock drawing site.
Mambo Chirara is not pleased with the old lady's activities. In his opinion, Mbuya Gondo acts too independently
and demands too much money for carrying out the ceremonies. In the film, gender issues
and local politics are brought to the surface as we follow these two leaders during a period of preparing
for and performing the annual rainmaking rituals.
Liivo Niglas was born in 1970 in Jögeva,
Employment: film director, producer, mp doc
films, Keila, Estonia; lecturer of ethnology at
Tartu University, Estonia. Education: BA.,
Departement of History, Tartu University (1995);
MA., Chair of Ethnology, Tartu University (1999);
PhD. programme, Chair of Ethnology, Tartu
University (since 1999).
Film studies: documentary film programme at
Ateliers Varan, Paris, France (25.05.1998-
08.08.1998). Selected filmography: 2000 The Brigade, 2003
Yuri Vella's World, 2004 Adventure High, 2005
Frode Storaas, PhD, adjunctus professor of the Anthropology Department of the Univercity of Bergen,
Norway As an anthropologist stydies general anthropology,
i. e. adaptation, economy and politics. As an ethnographic
filmmaker have been involved in projects in Africa and the
Middle East, in Mexico and USA, in China and in Norway.
13 mins, Russia, 2008
Director / company: Elena Popova & Anatoly Dobryakov / STRC «Udmurtia»
Sound producer: Yuri Shklyaev
Lisa-apay invited relatives and friends for a house-warming. The celebration includes
family prayer and dinner with ritual courses. Ancestors are also remembered on the
occasion. Fest for the house, merrymaking and food provide happiness and well-being
for the residents.
Elena Popova, Ph.D. is a senior research fellow of the Etnology
Department at the Udmurt Institute of History, Launguage and
Literature (Ural section of the Russian Academy of Sciences), editor
of the TV channel "Moya Udmurtia" (My Udmurtia), Researcher the
Finno-Ugrian peoples of the Volga region, Udmurts and Besermyane. Filmogarphy: 2000 Baba Anya, 1999—2002 Just a Story (TV
Program), 2003 Visiting Zhaky Apay, 2003 Potmaskon, 2005 The
Imaginary World of Dmitry Kilin, 2006 "Grain Ear", 2007 Vorshud, the
Symbol of Clan, etc.
65 mins, Peru, 2007
Director/company: Felipe Degregori / Buena Letra producciones Sac
The lives of a group of young migrants to the city of Lima appear like the turbulence
thrown by waves haphazardly on the shore. Immersed in an element that resists their
absorption, those beached in this city resort to their greatest virtue, perseverance, to
impose themselves upon the waters, creating a beachhead of hope. This documentary
from Felipe Degregori, paints a fresco reflecting the experiences of this diaspora of
thousands in search of a fulfilment unachievable in their places of origin. In the city,
however, too often this hope founders on the inequality, the racism and the exclusion that
still impregnates our society.“Beached” makes visible these pioneers who, with their effort
and their dreams have transformed the capital of Peru.
Luis Felipe Degregori Caso was born in Lima Peru, studied at
Lomonosov University in Moscow, where graduated from the
Faculty of Cinema and Television. When returning to Peru,
between 1976 and 1979, directed and produced several
shortfilms. In 1980 directed his first feature film and in 2004,
after filming two more features, created the company
BUENALETRA Producciones, in which he produces Social
Documentaries until today. Selected filmography: 1993 We Are All Stars, 2000 The M City,
2004 Defending the Truth.
20 mins, Canada, 2008
Director / company: Joe Hiscott / Etherman Productions
Spoken in 12 languages, The Telephone Eulogies, is a living experiment on film that
combines a children's game of broken telephone, a self-penned eulogy and a transcultural
cast of translators, performers and language enthusiasts. The film follows the
eulogic narrative as it snakes its way through 12 languages and 21 translations, ultimately
shedding layers of the original message as it is transformed by miscommunication,
misunderstanding, misperception and misnomer. Ultimately, the message suffers a slow
death by interpretation while continually giving birth to new possible meanings. Let us
mourn the passing of the message...
Joe Hiscott is a self-taught artist and filmmaker who has been
producing internationally acclaimed works since 2000. From
documenting a blind nomad across India, to farming in Brazil, to
filming and performing in front of stock exchanges around the
world, Joe's unusual experiences have contributed greatly to his
exhaustive observations of the "global mind". His current
explorations lie in the realm of human perception and its role in
creating meaning, spanning all languages and cultural contexts.
He resides in a Quebec rural village when he's not somewhere
else. Selected filmography: 2001 Something Somehow, 2002 Mildly
Smokey, 2005 Business As Usual.
50 mins, Azores & Portugal, 2008
Director / company: Teresa Tomé & Antonietta Costa / Centro Cultural da Caloura &
Portuguese Television in Azores
This episode is part of a conjunct of four videos and an introductory, as a
general approach to the mythologies connected to the European agrarian cults.
They depict the strain of the beliefs related to the Earth forces and the
perception of cosmic interchanges, which, while part of the European culture,
have prevailed and are still component of the post modern thought. The Autumn
Equinox covers the development of the feminine sacred, following an
evolutionary line from the Mesopotamia to Egypt and Greece, Rome and the
Iberian Peninsula, invigorating in the Azores, where it is expressed through
rituals and celebrations.
Maria Teresa V. Tomé was born in 1956 in the city of Ponta Delgada, S.
Miguel, Azores. She got a degree in Journalism in 1989, producing several
documentaries to the Portuguese Television in the Azores. During two
years she produced for this television the magazine of culture "Espaco
Vital", among others about the History and Ethnography of the Azores.
Selected filmography: 1995 Vidas, 1996 Os Trabalhos do Linho, 1997
Gente de Beira Mar, 1998 Jose do Canto, História de uma Vida, 1999
Peixinhos do Mar, 2000 A Senhora da Rosa, 2005 Terra do Espirito,
Antonietta Costa holds Ph.D. in Social Psichology. Autor of several
ethnographic videos. Work at the Regional Government of the Azores,
Departament of Culture.
26 mins, MACEDONIA, 2007
Director: Elizabeta Koneska
In the west part of Macedonia, at the little town called Makedonski Brod
exist temple called church Sn. Nicolas / turbe H'idir baba. Today in this
shrine prayd Orthodox Christians, Muslims (Bektashi orders, Halveti
orders and Sunni) and they all acknowledge the fact that it belongs to all of
them and they can use it equally.
Elizabeta Koneska, ethnologist, senior curator in Museum of Macedonia,
Skopje. 1984, Graduated at the Department of Ethnology at the Belgrade
University. 1993, A Master's degree at the Department of History of Art at the
Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul, Turkey. Since she have learned Turkish
language she research the traditional Turkish culture in Macedonia, Turkish
ethnic minorities and ethnic and religious identity in other Muslims groups, as
an different groups of dervishes orders and Macedonian speaking Muslims. Filmography: 1993/94 The Iron Church Above the Water, 1994 As We would
Go to Istanbul, 1997 Profession in Motion — Tinsmiths from Krusevo, 2000
The Sound of Hamer, 2002 The Belgrade Coppersmith, 2003 Adak / Oath,
2004 Badnik and Kolede, Rusalii, 2005 The Day of Ashure, 2006 Bektashi —
enter and see, 2007 Peace for All.
27 mins, Usbekistan, 2006
Director / company: Oleg Karpov / Studio NONAME
Customs and rites determine the models of behaviour which may only seem harmless. How
they fit the place and time in which we live? What is their role in constructing gender
Wedding, circumcission, beshik-toy and many other rites and rituals of the peoples of
Uzbekistan – what roles do they give to men and women? We were interested in this problem.
Oleg Karpov was born in 1963. Worked at the Uzbek TV
and Radio. Since 2003 directs documentaries. Currently
he is a Curator of the Tashkent Museum of Cinema and
the "videoART.uz" Festival. Filmography: 2003 To Be or not to Be, 2004 There Would
Be No Cartoons, 2006 Men and Women in Rites and Customs;
Sunnat-tuy; Vague Charm of Feminism, 2007 Hostages
of Eternity; Live and Die in Samarkand, 2008 Epitaph.
102 mins, Japan, 2007
Director / compeny: Uchida Junko & Suzuki Yuki / The National Museum of Japanese
History; Okada Kazuo, Cinema Inc.
In early 1930-ies Scotch medical doctor Neil Gordon Munro settled in the Ainu
village Nibutani, Hokkaido and continued his anthropological research until his
death in war time, 1942. His film on Ainu Bear sending ceremony film was shot
in 35mm with assistance of professional cameramens and 16mm version was
sent to Royal Anthropological Institute. However remained stocks in Japan
were faced complicate destiny. This is a documentary on filmed Ainu rituals and
about Ainu people themselves in past and present.
Uchida Junko is an Ethnomusicologist and her main research field is
Ryukyu (Okinawa) islands and this is the first her long documentary.
Suzuki Yuki is professional film maker and her background is biology. She
is mainly engaging direction TV natural history program and scientific film
Kazuo Okada was born in 1942 in Tokyo. He graduated from the Director
Department of VGIK (All Union State Institute of Cinematography) in
Moscow. He has been making documetnary and scientific films in the
fields of biology, natural history and visual anthropology for almost 40
years. Now he is the head of TokyoCinema, Inc. studio and a director of
Simonaka Memorial Foundation's archive.
40 mins., Belgium, 2007
Director: Karine de Villers
Thanks to his questioning of the world, the ethnologist and film-maker, Luc de
Heusch allows us to enter his thoughts, thoughts that are both scientific and
poetic. Building bridges between different cultures, his films and books attest to
the diversity that exists within the realm of reality, and this diversity allows the
very distinct worlds of art, war, cooking, theatre, magic and love to
communicate with one and other with incredible ease.
Karine de Villers, was born in Quito, Ecuador in 1965, Karine de Villers
obtained a degree in art history and archaeology from the Universite Libre
in Brussels. Since 1990, she has worked in various capacities on short
and medium-length documentaries. Selected filmography: 1990 I'm your neighbour, 1996 Place a Saint
Josse, 1999 Littlå castlå, 2001 How I see Her, 2003 The Men of My Life,
2004 I'm alive.
In the summer of 2001 the IWF in Göttingen hosted the conference "Origins of Visual
Anthropology — Putting the Past Together". Immanent representatives of the field came
together to discuss the history of the subdiscipline. "The Future of Visual Anthropology" is
a short film that presents the common themes that were touched upon during these
conversations. It is a reflection on how people talk and think about the future, present and
past of Visual Anthropology in 2001.
Martin Gruber studied Visual Anthropology at Goldsmiths
College London in and Social Anthropology at Hamburg
University. He is currently working as a freelance teacher,
researcher and filmmaker in Hamburg and around the world. Filmography: 2000 Marabout, 2002 Sleeping rough.
40 mins, Russia, 2008
Director / company: Larisa Tataurova & Pavel Orlov / Îmsk State University
One could rarely meet stories devoted to scientific men, their professional activity and working
environment in various images of contemporaries fixed in films. We could watch them on TV just in
connection with colossal inventions, presentation of state prizes or in obituary notice what is more
sorrowful. Our film is a cycle of video stories about scientists Siberian by origin. Unfortunately, we've
already missed a lot of time, a lot of our teachers and many of their close associates and opponents
died. But still it's possible that something could be done…
Larisa Tataurova conducts field videodocumentation
for over 10 years collecting archaeological and
ethnographical material on Russians living in the
basins of small Siberian rivers. She works with Pavel
Orlov since 2001. Together they made six films
including: 2003 Visual Archaeology, 2004 Such a
Simple Story, 2005 Remember This, 2006 Five
Siberian Rivers, 2006 Nobody is Making Cinema
17 mins, Grusia, 2007
Director / Company: Loriya S. Manuchar / Niko Berdzenishvili Intitute, Anthropo Studio
The film shows the historical and ethnographical characteristics of the Alpine settlements
in Adzhariya (Goderdz Pass — Beshumi): types of housing and the settlement structure,
the folk holiday "Shuamtoba" and the Beschumi resort.
Manuchar Loriya, Ph.D. ethnologist working at the History,
Archaeology and Ethnology Department of the Shota Rustaveli
State University, head of the "Anthropo" Studio. In 2002–2005
worked as a director at the "Telekanal 25" TV Company. Selected filmography: 1999 Khorumi, 2000 Nigal Gorge, 2001
Jewish Diaspora in Adzhariya, 2002–2003 Georgian History
Chronicles (17 series), 2003 Tao-Klardzheti, 2007 Nigazeuli,
Alpine Settlement in Adzhariya (Goderdz Pass — Beshumi).
30 mins, Russia, 2007
Director / company: Ekaterina Yagafova
Using Chuvash local groups as an example the film presents the complexity of the ethnic
self-identification process. The heroes of the film live in the Urals area Chuvash villages
and have different interpretations of their own consciousness. What makes them
"Chuvash": language, religion, folklore, historical past or contemporary everyday reality?
Is it possible to retain the Chuvash self-identity without the language and culture?
Ekaterina Yagafova graduated from the Moscow University
History Department and did her postgraduate studies in
ethnology there (Ph.D.,). Doctor Habil. She is an author of three
monographs and over 40 articles. Filmography: 1999 Uyav, 2000 Ker Sari (Autumn Beer), 2001
Munkun (Easter), 2001 Chuvash Tene (Chuvash Faith), 2001
Chuk (Offering), 2004 Yupa.
50 mins, Kasachstan, 2007
Director / company: Asiya Baygozhina / SC "Kasachfilm"
This is a drama about returning. When Kazakhstan became independent it launched a
state program on the Kazakh homecoming back to their historical motherland. In 15 years
over a million of Kazakhs returned. Film consists of several chapters called by the names
of its heroes. Repartriants returning from China, Tadjikistan, Karakalpakiya tell their life
stories of homecoming. "Elimai" (O, My People) is the most famous Kazakh song about
the hardships of leaving the motherland dating back to the XVIII century Dzhungar
Asiya Baygozhina graduated from the Kazakh State University
and the Higher Âûñøèå ñöåíàðíûå è ðåæèññåðñêèå êóðñû
(Moscow). Worked at the "Sh. Aymanov Kazakhfilm" Studio and
at the TV, headed the "Parallel" Youth Studio. Now she is a dean
of the Cinema and TV Department of the Zhurgenov Kazakh
National Academy of Arts. Baygozhina shoots documentaries
and conducts classes of documentary cinema. Selected filmography: Chronicle of the Undeclared
Demonstration; Dinmukhamed Kunaev; Chronicles of Life and
Death; Desire of Light
More than 6000 km from Russian capitol. Chukotka peninsula.One can get to Enurmino
village and get out of it only by miracle... The film tells about modern life of the indigenous
peoples of northeastern coast of Russian Federation and some perspectives of their race
and their culture to the future.
Alexey Vakhrushev was born in 1969 in Anadyr' (Chukotka). In
1996 graduated from VGIK (Institute of Cinematography). Since
2000 is a director and scriptwright at the TV Company "Ethno-
Online". Member of the Russian Cinematographers' Union. Selected filmography: 1996 Birds of Naukan, 2001 Island,
2003 Treasure of Semen Dezhnev, 2004 Walrus Fang
Chronicle, 2005 Hunters of Freezing Coasts, 2005–2007 People
of the Bering Strait; Chuvan Treasure; Bone Coast of the North;
Mist Travellers; Heirs of Taymyr Shamans; Images of Time,
2005–2008 Miracle Factory; Welcome to Enurmino!
"Nedarma — Mother" is devoted to the eartly and heavenly roads, to the Nenets
travels in their life. They describe themselves: "Nenets are born in the road under
stars, by stars they find their way to the tent tonight, stars illuminate the last
pilgrimage when the soul of the Nenets nomad starts its longest travel to the
Markku Lehmuskallio born 1938 in Rauma. Film director and
cinemaphotographer. 1964-69 forestry technician. 1969-72 industrial
shorts and commercials. Anastasia Lapsuy, Film director and
screenplay. Born 1944 in Yamal Peninsula, Russia. 1966-1992,
Radioreporter, Salekhard Yamalo-Nenets autonomus area.
1985–1997 Journal Severnye prostory writings, Russia. 1987–1991,
Scripts to Novosibirsk filmstudio. Selected Filmography: 1994 Paradise Lost, 1995 The Farewell
Chronicle, 1997 Anna, Sacrifice, 2001 Shepard, 2002 Mothers of
Life, 2005 Fata Morgana.
Ànga is a shaman-woman of Ulchi people. She was born in 1910 in a village Bulava
of Khabarovskij region. Sofia Yakolevna Anga is the seventh and the last
shaman woman in her kin. She was reluctant to become a shaman and suffering
a great deal. But the spirits kept on coming to her. Anga tells that she gave
birth to her sons from a tiger , and how they help her to fly during shaman
Raissa Ernazarova, kazakh. Graduated from journalism faculty of Kazakh
State University, as well as Higher courses of "Goskino USSR" screenplay
writers and film directors in Moscow. Shot about 60 films at such studios
as Kazakhtelefilm, Mosfilm, Novosibirsktelefilm. Works by Raissa
Ernazarova represent authentic video materials on cultures of Siberian
people. Head of New Informational Visual Technologies Laboratory of
Novosibirsk State University, Professor of UNESCO international chair at
NSU, director of Center for Visual Anthropology. Selected filmography: 1973 Music of Centuries, 1980 Echo of Centuries,
1989 Craddle, 1990 Refugees from Kagalym, 1992 The Last Shaman,
1995 Bear and Shaman, 2002 Siberian Kazakhs, 2008 Otan.
14 mins, Peru, Spain, USA, 2006
Director: Peter Biella
Textiles from the "Arts en Ayacucho" DVD, received the American Anthropological
Association's Best Short Film Award. Shot in the thin air at 16,000 feet in Ayacucho, Peru,
it follows the process of textile production from the shearing of alpacas to the dyeing and
weaving of wool. "Textiles" is a work of applied visual anthropology. Independent of its
ethnographic value, it was made first for wholesalers in Europe and the US to help the
people of Ayacucho promote their textile co-op.
Peter Biella is Director of the Program in Visual Anthropology at
San Francisco State Univesity. He is the past president of the
Society for Visual Anthropology, was editor of "Visual
Anthropology Review", and has authored many essays on
anthropology and film. Selected Filmography: 1972 Is This a Free School?, 1975
Priscilla, My Daughter, 1990 For Those Who Sail to
Heaven,1993 Tete-a-Tete, 2006 Artes en Ayacucho, 2008 Four
30 mins, Russia, 2008
Director / company: Olga Kazakevich / Moscow Staite University
The polar village Maduika is situated at the largest lake in the Turukhansk district - - is the only place
where the Northern Ket dialect is still spoken though by just a handful of people. All of the speakers are
elderly people who can tell a lot about their hunting experiences and their rustling against a bear. The
children listen to the Ket speech with interest but do not understand what is said and they are unable to
speak their heritage language. All the life of the Maduika inhabitants is connected with the lake and clan
hunting sites situated around the lake. In the old house and storehouse at the clan camping site
traditional artifacts remembering the passed life are still preserved.
Olga Kazakevich, Linguist specializing in the
documentation and description of endangered
languages of Siberia (Selkup, Ket and Evenki).
Over 190 publications including 6 monographs. Selected filmography: 2001 The village
Sovrechka and its inhabitants, 2002 Turukhansk
district: people and their languages, 2005
Language as recollection (the Ket of the village
The film's heroine is a writer for children and a doctor (neurophysiologist) at se same time. And
Russia is still strong with its working horses.
Arkady Morozov was born in 1937. In 1964 he graduated
from the Mining Institute and in 1972 from VGIK (Institute
of Cinematography). Since then he works at the
Sverdlovsk (Ekaterinburg) Film Studio. Selected filmography: 2002 In the Love Zone, 2003 At
the Extreme Sea, 2004 Mayor, 2005 Whle Horses Are
Running, 2006 Forest Fortress, 2007 About People and
Dogs, VV City and Ryzhiy.
30 mins, Russia, 2006
Director / comhany: Victor Malychev / Studia "A-film"
7 years ago several young men chose to break from the big city and to build a
commune of their own, their business...
Victor Malyshev graduated from the Cinema Studies
Department, Russian Cinema Institute (VGIK) in 1995. Now he
is an Associate Professor of the Urals State Academy of
Architecture and Arts. He teaches History of Cinema at the
Animation and Computer Graphics Department. He combines
his teaching activities with editing of the Archipelago newspaper. Filmography: 1995 Giraffe, 2000 Cinomania 2006 Wild
There are 600 squatter settlements in Serbia, the inhabitants of which are mostly of Roma origin. Of
these, 105 are in Belgrade with seventeen more in New Belgrade. Here, Ivana Todorovic documents the
life of the Stankovic family who migrated from Southern Serbia in search of better opportunities.
Provided with few social services, their living conditions are rough and the children work to help support
Ivana Todorovic graduated from Belgrade
University with a diploma in Anthropology. Her
graduate thesis was her first documentary,
Everyday Life of Roma Children from Block 71.
Currently she is a student in the "New Policy
School", an NGO Youth Initiative for Human
Rights in Belgrade. Filmography: 2006 Everyday Life of Roma
Children from Block 71, 2007 Adem's Island.
37 mins, Slovakia, 2006
Director / company: Daniela Rusnokova / Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts Bratislava, Slovakia
Not a valley, just a hole beside a dump. No path leading to the house, only mud on the way to a miserable shed. Lacking everything, but not a lack of kids. This is where Mrs. Sona lives — in
the middle of this Roma reality — strong and intelligent. But also helpless.
Short documentary films and videos written and directed
by Daniela Rusnokova produced by Academy of Music
and Dramatic arts Bratislava, Slovakia. Selected filmography: 2001 Jozef Luptak the Cellist,
2002 Terka, 2002 Such is reality, unpleasant..., 2003
Microfond for Woman, 2004 Pure Heart.