Switzerland, 2010, 50 min
Anthony and Robert – youngsters from Nairobi – give insight into their everyday life. With a film camera they document and comment the life on the streets and in the Halfway Centre. Thereby, not only their trials and tribulations are expressed but also their sense of humor and their plans for the future, which are full of hope: Moving images which convince through their authenticity. By handing over the camera to the two protagonist, a dynamic change of perspectives is established. This renders possible a differentiated examination of the subject matter as well as the proceedings of the film.
Director, Production, Edit: Lea Furrer
Lea was born in 1984 in Switzerland, raised in Switzerland and three years in Brazil. MA in Social Anthroplogy, Film Studies and Social Pedagogy at he University of Zurich. The film Chokora was a part of her master thesis in social anthropology. Actually, she is working as a social education worker with children and young people in Zurich.
Camera: Lea Furrer, Anthony Mutinda, Robert Oundo
Language of dialogues:English, Swahili, Sheng
Language of subtitles: Czech, English
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
Russia, 2008, 26 min
This film takes us into the world of old man Peter Sengepov, tha last surviving Shaman of the Kazym River, who lives alone in the depths of the Siberian taiga. The region of the Khanty people is the basic source of oil recovery in Russia. About 70 percent of all Rusian oil is extracted here. The oil companies actively buy huge territories in the North of Siberia. Indigenous people are compelled to leavethese places, their own patrimonial territories, and do a modern civilization gradually absorbs an ancient culture.
Director, Camera: Ivan Golovnev
Was born in 1978. Graduated at the Omsk State University. 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 Moscaw. Winner and participant of the international film festivals and film projects.
Production: Ethnographic Bureau Studio, Ekaterinburg, Russia
Edit: Yuri Yatsencko
Language od dialogues: Russian, Khanty
Language of subtitles: English
Best international documentary at the International Film Festival CORTOPTERE, Italy 2008
Best international documentary at the International Teheran Short Film Festival, Iran 2008
Prize of the Directorate of the SHAKEN STARS International Film Festival, Kazakhstan2009
Best short documentary at the International "Gold Panda" Awards, China 2009
Special Mention of International Jury at the Festival de Aguilar de Campoo, Spain 2009
Audience Award at the ESPIELLO International Film Festival , Spain 2010
Prize of the Jury at the "Toamna la Voronet" International Film Festival, Romania 2010
Special Mention of the International Jury at the InkaFest Mountain Film Festival, Peru 2010
Special Mention for editing at the XIX International Festival of Ethnological Film, Serbia 2010
Grand prize at the XII "Finno-Ugric World" International Film Festival, Russia 2010