Switzerland/Cambodia, 2010, 50 min
Tommi Mendel, Brigitte Nikles
On the basis of a social anthropological case study, this film documents the birth practices of the Bunong in Mondulkiri province, located in the northeast of Cambodia. Social, economic and political changes are transforming the province tremendously and are affecting villagers´ beliefs, perceptions and habits regarding pregnancy, delivery and early motherhood. Traditional midwives, pregnant women, mothers and their families give a personal insight into their present decision-making strategies, which are at the crossroads between tradition and modernity.
Directors: Tommi Mendel, Brigitte Nikles
Tommi and Brigitte both studied Anthropology at the University of Zurich. Currently Brigitte is working in Mondulkiri in Cambodia to establish a Bunong Cultural Centre and Tommi is working on his PhD with the means of Ethnographic Film.
Production: Tigertoda productions, Zurich, Switzerland
Camera, Edit: Tommi Mendel
The movie was projected on various world film festivals (selection):
NAFA International Ethnographic Film Festival, Aarhus, Denmark 2010
International Festival of Visual Anthropology Mediating Camera, Moscow, Russia 2010
Cambodia International Film Festival, Phom Phen, Cambodia 2010
International Festival of Ethnological Film, Belgrade, Serbia 2010
Contro-Sguardi International Anthropological Film Festival, Perugia, Italy 2010
Athens Ethnographic Film Festival, Greece 2010
Language of dialogues: Bunong, Khmer
Language of subtitles:Czech, English
Norway, Macedonia, 2010, 35 min
Frode Storaas, Elizabeta Koneska
Filip is a student at Mac Brod Gymnasium. He stays at the dormitory. Alija is a good friend of him at school. But they relate to different religions and that separate them not only during lunch-breaks at school, but all the time outside school. Filip spends his weekends in his home village Samokov, collecting mushrooms for sale and helping his grandparents and his mother in her small shop. Alija commutes everyday from his home village Plasnica.
The film hints on the situation in Macedonian countryside where unemployment forces people to leave the villages. This situation of dejection shadows the relationships between ethnic and religious groups.
Director, Camera: Frode Storaas, Elizabeta Koneska
As an anthropologist Storaas has worked with pastoralists and agro-pastoralists in Sudan, Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia. General anthropology, i.e. adaptation, economy and politics, has been his main concern.
As a filmmaker he has been involved in projects in Africa and the Middle East, in Greece and Macedonia, in Mexico and USA, in China and in Norway. A theme conveyed in some of these projects has been magic, how magical beliefs may influence everyday life.
Koneska is a senior curator at the National Museum of Macedonia in Skopje, ethnology department. Her main topics of research and scientific relates to: traditional food; coppersmith and tinsmith crafts; Slavic Orthodox community in Istanbul; Shared Shrines; Turkish and other Muslims ethnic and religious community’s.
Koneska has directed 12 films based on research in Macedonia and Turkey.
Production: Macedonian Centre for Photography, Skopje, Macedonia
Edit: Frode Storaas
Language of dialogues: Macedonian, English
Language of subtitles: Czech, English
Hungary, 2007, 41 min
“A man is different from a woman. A man is allowed to do more things, a woman to do nothing.” say Oláh gypsies from Békés County Hungary. Traditions based on these kinds of suppositions keep this community firm. Grown Girl means: Mature Woman. Becoming Grown Girl is a turning point.”
‘Báriséj’ – is a gender documentary showing gender roles of an oláh gypsy community with its unique laws and traditions for women with their own interpretations.
Director: Kriszta Bódis
Born in Budapest in 1967. She is a writer, documentary-film director, psychologist.
Production: FILMPLUS, Budapest, Hungary
Camera: Francisco Gózon, Márton Vízkelety, Mária Takács
Language of dialogues: Hungarian
Language of subtitles: English