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Subject: 8th Ethnofest | Side Events

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8th Athens Ethnographic Film Festival - Ethnofest


8^th Athens Ethnographic Film Festival – Ethnofest

Side Events

Apart from the film screenings, the 8^th edition of Ethnofest is also organizing a series of interesting side events, that will provide the audience with an opportunity to engage in a conversation with the curators and the Festival's guests and share points of view.

The side events are being organised within the context of this year's themed sections, “Filming Labour and Precarity” and “Man and the Environment”. The entrance is free and they all take place at cine ASTOR.

Read the full programme of the 8th Ethnofest. (https://ethnofest.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=74615fe1a68523fff5cb1bd70&id=65af92d144&e=09a88f9a2a)



Saturday 25/11 | 11:00 - 14:00

Panel discussion for the themed section “Filming Labour and Precarity” and film screening.

The curators Dimitra Kofti and Mao Mollona present questions and issues concerning this year’s themed section, and invite the filmmakers Jasmina Metwaly (“Out on the Street”) and Apostolos Karakasis (“Next Stop: Utopia”) to a discussion on, and beyond, their work.

The dicussion will be followed by the screening of the film:

“Out on the Street” (Egypt, 2015, 70′)

Directed by: Jasmina Metwaly, Philip Rizk

On a rooftop overlooking the heart of Cairo -presented as a space between fact and fiction- nine working class men participate in an acting workshop where directors create characters and stories inspired by workers’ real lives.

Still from the film “Out on the Street”

According to the curators:

In an era of deepening precarity and deregulation of work, this themed section of Ethnofest is dedicated to films on labour, attempting to critically reflect on the relationships between film processes, aesthetics and the politics of representation. Through a review of contemporary visual approaches to labour, the section engages with questions, such as: How can processes of filmmaking cast a critical light on different forms of material and immaterial labour? What insights can films on labour bring on the dynamics of contemporary capitalism? The films of the section include visual approaches to labour, precarity, unemployment, unpaid work, job-seeking and migration. They also include issues of employment inequalities, inclusions and exclusions through labour and their intertwinement with relations of gender, ethnicity and age.

Based on an open call for films engaging with an ethnographic gaze, including documentary, docufiction, participatory and other artistic forms of filmmaking, the programme includes different contemporary filmic approaches to work, in a wide context both in terms of production and geographically: conditions of exhaustion in shopping malls in Italy (“Life in the Mall”), in a wasteland of electronics in Ghana, where millions of devices converge from all over the world (“E-wasteland”), migratory narratives and desires for family reconnections by Ukrainian migrants (“Road of a migrant”), mass production in China (“Long yearning”), a workers’ cooperative at a bankrupted factory (VIOME) in Thessaloniki (Next stop: Utopia), histories of political tensions and resistances in factories in Cairo, as presented by a workers’ acting laboratory (“Out in the Streets”). The themed section is curated by Dimitra Kofti (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology) and Mao Mollona (Goldsmiths
College, University of London).

Still from the film “Highway Rest Stop”

Saturday 25/11 | 15:00 – 17:00

Μasterclass on “Editing in documentary filmmaking” by award-winning film editor and filmmaker, Isabelle Ingold and her colleague, Vivianne Perelmuter.

Isabelle Ingold will also present her latest film, “Highway Rest Stop” at the 8^th Ethnofest. The portrait of a motorway rest area in the French countryside, through the eyes and the thoughts of the people working there and the passers-by. A critic towards today’s Europe, a world of free-market competition, uprooting and solitude.

Read the full synopsis of “Highway Rest Stop” here (https://ethnofest.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=74615fe1a68523fff5cb1bd70&id=a9202cb268&e=09a88f9a2a) .

Still from the film “Alima”

Sunday, November 26^th^ | 13.00 – 15.00

Panel discussion for the themed section “Man and the Environment”.

The curators of the section, Alexis Katsaros and Calliope Stara, invite the audience to an open discussion, with the title “Small places in the 21^st century: Old challenges, new perspectives”, concerning the complex issues, among which preserving the environment and the changes in the rural and mountainous communities of Greece.

Participants in the discussion will be Sophia Ifanti and Vassilis Konstantinides (Residents of Thermos municipality and representatives of the Research, creativity and development institute of Thermos, Yiorgos Keranis (Vovousa Festival) and Yiorgos Makris (Artistic director of Zagoriwood).

The discussion will be coordinated by Villy Fotopoulou, Head of the Directorate of Modern Cultural Assets and Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The tribute entitled “Man and the Environment” is implemented by the Operational Program “Human Resources Development, Education and Lifelong Learning” and its co-financed by the European Union (European Social Fund) and Greek National Funds. The film tribute has free admission and it’s accessible to disabled people.

Still from the film “Nestani. Carrying Aiyioris (Saint George)” (Work in Progress)

According to the curators:

The past decades have been marked by rapid and fundamental changes in the everyday life of rural and mountain communities and in the management of natural resources, with multiple implications for the environment, social structures and land use. On the one hand, the ongoing process of urbanization has inevitably contributed to the gradual and at times full abandonment of inland locations -especially mountainous areas- and islands. On the other hand, the predominant model of economic growth has been -and still is- largely based on the uncontrolled exploitation of natural resources, with no particular concern in preventing or mitigating environmental impacts and landscape degradation nor with sustaining cultural heritage and quality of life in the long term.

Against these complex issues, alternative approaches have emerged that promote the values of sustainability and quality of life in an ‘idyllic’ cultural and natural environment that presents itself as a response to the shortfalls of urbanization and gives particular emphasis to the dynamics of local communities and participative ways of management and governance. To what extent can such attempts of ‘selective emigration to the countryside’ combined with modern needs, technological advances, new ways of thinking, creativity and focused action help us shape a different future?


8th Athens Ethnographic Film Festival – Ethnofest

22-26 November
Astor Cinema (28 Stadiou str., entrance through Stoa Korai / near Panepistimio Metro station)
Ticket Prices:
Screening slot: 2 euros
All-day pass: 5 euros
10-screening pass: 10 euros

Free entrance for all side-events
Free entrance for students and unemployment card holders

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