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Message posted on 13/06/2019

Asen Balikci portrait program at Astra Film Festival 2019

Astra Film Festival 2019  (14-20th of october, Sibiu) is hosting a portrait program about Asen Balikci ( Planned dates of the program are 14-15th of october). The curator and initiator of this program is Dina Iordanova, professor of Film Studies at the University of St. Andrews, she has published extensively on matters of Eastern European and Balkan cinema and on global film industries.

Asen Balikci (1919-2019), the multi-lingual and multicultural visual anthropologist who worked in places as diverse as Canada’s North, Afghanistan, Siberia, Mexico and Sikkim in the Himalayas, will be the subject of this year’s Focus at the Astra International Film Festival in Sibiu, Romania. The series will introduce various facets of Balikci’s oeuvre featuring complex program: screening a selection of his films (from his early work among the Netsilik Inuit in Nunavut through to his observation of the difficult Life of Ephtim, a pensioner surviving on the breadline in post-communist Bulgaria, and Sons of Hadji Omar, made in Afganistan, 1978), or Sikkim/Himalayas ritual journeys, 2011). Presentation of portrait films The Professional Foreigner, Rolf Husman, 2009 and Through These Eyes, Charles Laird, Canada, 2004 Panel discussion with invited guests, video testimonials on the oevre and contribution of Balikci to visual exploration of human society. The festival can offer accomodation for a limited number of guests participating on this program. (Registration guest@astrafilm.ro)

Those who can not make to come to Sibiu to this event, and wish to reflect on A.Balikci s work on a short 2 min video testimonial, they can send it to claudiu@astrafilm.ro

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