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AMCE Film

PAST EVENTS

The Second Ethnographic Film and Media Program of the Middle East and Central Eurasia of EASA (European Association of Social Anthropologists)
The Department of Sociology, University of Nantes, Nantes, France, November 2015 

We are pleased to announce the second Ethnographic Film and Media Program of the Middle East and Central Eurasia, which will be held annually in conjunction with the Anthropology of the Middle East and Central Eurasia Network of the European Association of Social Anthropologists.

AMCEYou can now download the final PDF programmePDf

Our second program will be held with the collaboration of the Department of Sociology of the University of Nantes and Institut du Pluralisme Religieux et de l'Athéisme – IPRA/MSHG (Nantes) during 19th and 20th November 2015 (University of Nantes, Nantes, France).

Curator and organiser:
Dr. P. Khosronejad (Institut du Pluralisme Religieux et de l'Athéisme – IPRA/MSHG, Nantes, France)

Daughters of Anatolia
Halé Sofia Schatz/ 2015/ 56’/ Turkey, United States


"Daughters of Anatolia" follows a Turkish family of nomadic goat herders as they travel ancient seasonal migration routes with their 350 animals, alternating between winters on the Mediterranean and summers in the Taurus Mountains. Focusing on the women, their work and their thoughts about their lives, the film captures how the family relies on their goats for their sustenance and livelihood: They make, eat and sell cheese and yogurt from the milk. They shear, spin, weave, and sell goat wool. They butcher the animals for their own meat consumption. The family is part of the Sarıkeçili Yörük tribe in Anatolia who have maintained their nomadic rhythms since the 12th century. Producer/Director Halé Sofia Schatz documents a lifestyle in transition – one that has roots in ancient traditions but that now faces challenges from an increasingly urbanized world.

 

Deux Fois Le Meme Fleuve (Same River Twice)
Effi Weiss and Amir Borenstein/ 2015/ 110’/ Belgium


In 1869, John McGregor, a Scottish explorer, arrives in Palestine to explore the Jordan River. In the summer of 2011, Effi and Amir, Israelis who have been living in Europe for the past decade, set out to retrace McGregor’s steps, from the river source to the Sea of Galilee. Against the backdrop of a mythical landscape overflowing with Israeli vacationers, they take us along on a journey down the river’s path. At the same time local and foreign, they gradually transform from traveler-explorers to 'explored travelers' - as the people they meet along the way unabashedly confront them about their relationship with the land they had left. The flow of encounters, invaded landscapes and spontaneous dialogues behind the camera raise questions of kinship and ownership, proximity and distance, and expose the biographical and ideological filters that condition our connection to a place.

 

I Comme Iran (I For Iran)
Sanaz Azari/ 2015/ 50’/Belgium

Brussels, behind the closed doors of a classroom. Using a textbook dating from the Islamic revolution, Sanaz Azari, the director, learns how to read and write in Persian, her mother tongue. Over the course of the lessons, the teacher initiates her to the basics of the language, which becomes a gateway to the history and culture of Iran. Gradually, the didactic method of the lessons evolves into a poetic, visual collage, which introduces the notion of freedom and questions the meaning of a revolution.

Salmon, Bears, Love Dances among the Itelmen on Kamchatka
Christoph Boekel/ 2015/ 44’/ Germany


As recently as the seventeenth century, the Itelmen were a population of twenty thousand, and the sole inhabitants of the southern half of Kamchatka, a large peninsula on the Pacific coast of northern Asia. The Itelmen were violently decimated in the aftermath of colonization by the Cossacks under the Russian Czar. Today, there are 1,500 Itelmen survivors – less than 1% of the Kamchatkan population. With the aid of German explorer G. W. Steller's (1709 – 1746) historic observations, they are attempting to revive parts of the ancient Itelmen culture.

 

This was Hasankeyf
Tommaso Vitali/ 2015/ 90’/ United Kingdom, Italy, Turkey

“This was Hasankeyf” is a deep political and poetic ethnography within - and a tribute to - this small community, where beauty derides death - the last possibility to live among its citizens, where the magnetic legacy of past cultures is intertwined with the desires and sorrows that the idea of Progress respectively provokes and inflicts, one sublime day living as rural heroes, exploring the petrifying perception of loss and change.

 

The Tentmakers of Cairo (صانعي الخيام في القاهرة )
Kim Beamish/ 2015/ 94’/ Australia

For over three years we follow a community of artisans whose craft has remained largely untouched since Pharaonic times. They try and make sense of Egypt’s recent history, as their hands stitch incredibly detailed designs. Contrasts exist not only in the imagery where art works clash with the dirt and grime of the street, but also in the social differences, wealth and political views. The shop becomes a discussion and rhetoric free space of intergenerational transmissions of timeless knowledge; the street of the tentmakers becomes a mirror of a larger public space where we read the country’s political turmoil and the external world: a vital economic and social window.

White Lies
Melanie Langpap/ 2015/ 70’/Nepal


"White Lies" explores the photographic practices of photographers based in contemporary Nepal, a country sandwiched between China and India, some call it the "political, economic periphery". The writing of the country's Constitution remains pending until date and since the establishment of democracy in 2006. The recording for this film took place from Nov 2013 until Jan 2014, the time of Nepal's Constituent Assembly election. At that time one of the protagonists, a professional photojournalist says: "International politics give a shit about Nepal". After all the election is declared as "successful, free and fair".

The goal of our program is to promote original ethnographic films and visual media, not only in the area of anthropology, but also in sociology, folklore, religion, material culture and related topics. Our program encompasses all areas of the contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia (the Russian Federation, the Caucasus, Central Asia, China), including topics on minority groups and religious themes. 


AMCE

ISA - AMCE Ethnographic Film Series


Report from the fifth event of the series

Film screening

On January 27, 2015, the Austrian Academy of Sciences Institute for Social Anthropology (ISA) had the pleasure of receiving Dr. Brigitte Proksch in its headquarters in Vienna for the screening of Flowers from the Mount of Olives (2013), directed by Heilika Pikkov. Dr. Proksch is a doctor in Patrology and Eastern Christian Studies (University of Graz) and works for Forum for World Religions – Ecumenical Platform for Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation. Pikkov’s film is an oral history of an 82 years old Estonian nun living in an Orthodox convent in Jerusalem, and Dr. Proksch enlightened the rich discussion that followed the film screening.

Film screening

This was just the most recent screening in a series of ten, brought together by Dr. Pedram Khosronejad, director of the Anthropology of the Middle East and Central Eurasia Network (AMCE) of EASA. The series is a partnership between ISA and AMCE-EASA, the films having been selected by the latter and the event format and execution being developed by the ISA Ethnographic Film Commission, steered by Dr. Leonardo Schiocchet, Mag. Odile Kommer, and Dr. Eirik Hovden. The resulting event series, the ISA-AMCE (EASA) Ethnographic Film Series, is also supported by Ethnocineca – Ethnographic and Documentary Filmfest Vienna.

Film screening

This last screening brought together around twenty participants from several different Viennese academic institutions, which has been the average for the previous six events of the series. About half of the audience attends regularly, whereas the rest tends to be composed of ad hoc scholars interested in one or another topic. The events are open to the public, and they usually count on the presence of a few university students as well. Currently, the series is taking a new dimension. Along with the EASA biannual conference screening and the Vienna based event series, new venues will be explored in 2015 with screenings also in France, Iran and Brazil.

Film screening

Whoever is in Vienna in the first semester of 2015, or willing to do the commute, should keep an eye on the next screenings: Mountain Men (Dan Bronfeld); Super Women (Yael Kipper & Ronen Zaretzky); Ainu: Pathways to Memory (Marcos Centeno Martín & Almudena García); and Bridging the Divide (Aliaa Remtilla). The venue is always at the ISA office at Apostelgasse 23, 1030, Vienna, while dates and discussants are to be announced at ISA’s website: www.oeaw.ac.at/sozant/

Leonardo Schiocchet
Austrian Academy of Sciences Institute for Social Anthropology

Fourth event of the series

Ashiq: The Last Troubadour / Director: Director: Xiangchen Liu (2010- 128min)

Tuesday December 16, 2014, 4.30 pm 
Institute for Social Anthropology (ISA)
Seminar room 1 + 2, 1030 Vienna, Apostelgasse 23
Discussion with: Dr. Helmut Lukas (ISA)

This film follows an Ashiq, an Uyghur mystic troubadour, who lives in the southern border of the Taklamakan desert, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, China. Somewhat unlike what is expected from a Sufi, the Ashiq who live in this region typically have several different jobs to support themselves economically. However, some of them do go into seclusion to cultivate values and senses at a Mazar (an Uyghur's grave). Some of the Taklamakan Ashiqs are blacksmiths, merchants, or barbers, while others are beggars or grave-diggers. In this region, women can also be Ashiqs. In spite of their diverse life-styles, their singing techniques and repertoire have remained practically the same. The chanting aims at conveying their earnest feelings to Allah and at doing penance for their sins.

ISA AMCE Ethnographic Film Series is a series of events organized by the Institute for Social Anthropology (ISA) in association with the Anthropology of the Middle East and Central Eurasia (AMCE) Network of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA), and supported by ethnocineca.

http://www.oeaw.ac.at/sozant/
http://www.easaonline.org/networks/amce/index.shtml
http://www.ethnocineca.at/


Third event of the series

Cinema Palestine
Director: Tim Schwab (2013; 78min)
Tuesday * November 18, 2014 * 4.30 pm
Institute for Social Anthropology (ISA)
Seminar room 1 + 2, 1030 Vienna, Apostelgasse 23

Discussion with: MMag.a Eva Kssner (University of Vienna)
This film focuses on the fourth wave of Palestinian cinema, running from 1980 to the present and now considered a significant artistic force in world cinema. Films from this period have screened in major festivals, including Cannes, Berlin, Venice and Toronto, and have won internationally renowned awards. Constructed as a series of dialogues in which the filmmakers speak on a series of linked themes, the subjects address their ancestral roots, their relationship to the landscape, the political situation and the concept of a Palestinian national cinema.

ISA AMCE Ethnographic Film Series is a series of events organized by the Institute for Social Anthropology (ISA) in association with the Anthropology of the Middle East and Central Eurasia (AMCE) Network of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA), and supported by ethnocineca.

http://www.oeaw.ac.at/sozant/
http://www.ethnocineca.at/


Second event of the series: ISA - AMCE Ethnographic Film Series

Behind the Wheel
Director: Elise Laker (UK, 2013) & Discussion with: Mag.a Evelyn Rainer, International Organization for Migration (IOM), Vienna Tuesday, 4th of November 2014, 4.30 pm
Institute for Social Anthropology (ISA)
Seminar room 1 +2, 1030 Vienna, Apostelgasse 23
ISA AMCE Ethnographic Film Series is a series of events organized by the Institute for Social Anthropology (ISA) in association with the Anthropology of the Middle East and Central Eurasia (AMCE) Network of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA)

www.oeaw.ac.at/sozant/
www.easaonline.org/networks/amce/film.shtml


First ethnographic film and media programme

View details of the individual films here www.easaonline.org/conferences/easa2014/amce.shtml

We are pleased to announce the first Ethnographic Film and Media Program of the Middle East and Central Eurasia, which will be held annually in conjunction with the Anthropology of the Middle East and Central Eurasia Network of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA).

The programme aims to promote original ethnographic films and visual media not only in the area of anthropology but also in folklore, religion, material culture and related topics. Our programme encompasses all areas of the contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia (Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, China), including topics on minority groups and religious themes.

Our first programme will be held during the 13th EASA Biennial Conference, at Tallinn University, Estonia, between 31 July and 3 August 2014. We invite and encourage all students, anthropologists, documentary filmmakers and media artists to participate in our programme by submitting ethnographic videos, films (including online and cell phone styles, short and feature-length films) as well as interactive media (websites, hyperlinked documents, etc.).

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