Hungary, 2011, 8 min
T.Hirt, S.G.Lutherová, S.Novac, K.Varsányi
After the end of the Cold War, a lot of army bases in the East Europe became abandoned. Soldiers and their families have left, roaring of fighters has died away, univited guests stopped comming to public places. How do inhabitants of the formerly adjacent villages feel about the stay of Russian soldiers twenty years later?
A short documentary Cold War Neighbours raises a question of how global events are reflected in local conditions. People, who live in the neighbourhood of a huge army base abandoned by the invaders in Hungarian Kunmadarás, talk about what the stay of the soldiers meant for them. And what their absence means for them today.
The film originated in the scope of a workshop “Anthropological Filmmaking” organised at Central European University in summer 2011.
The authors are social anthropologists who are studying or working at various universities in Central Europe. Their common interest is visual anthropology.
Directors: Tomáš Hirt (Czech Republic),Soňa G. Lutherová (Slovak Republic),Sergiu Novac (Romania),Kata Varsányi (Hungary)
Production:Central European University, Maďarsko
Language of dialogues: Hungarian
Language of subtitles: English
Mexico, 2011, 8 min
A short documentary about travelling and the desire to move. It focuses on the ideas and stories of Artesanos – people who live a nomadic lifestyle, travel around Latin America and produce their own jewellery in order to fund their lives. It questions the reasons for choosing this way of life, the significance of travelling and represents their invisibility and intangibility while moving. It is a mix of Super 8, Photographs and sound.
Barbara graduated MA Visual Anthropology at University of Manchester and Munich´s University.
Director and production: Barbara Nickl
Language of dialogues: English, Spanish
Language of subtitles: English
Great Britain, 2011, 65 min
M.Rutten, S. Verstappen, I.Makay
Youngsters in developing countries all over the world dream of going to the West. They hope to earn money and get overseas experience to improve their positions at home. But once they arrive, they end up in low-status jobs and living crammed into small houses of other newly arrived migrants.
This film follows the daily life in one such house in East London. The bunker beds are filled with young Indians, all from relatively wealthy families in Gujarat. When they return to visit India, their families have great expectations of their sons and daughters. Will these youngsters fulfill their own and their families´dream?
Sanderien Verstappen is a PhD. reasearcher in Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. Her reasearch project focuses on the impact of emigration and remittances in central Gujarat (India).
Mario Rutten in Professor of Comparative Anthropology and Sociology of Asia at the University of Amsterdam. He has conducted extensive research on rural enterpreneurship and labour relations in India, Indonesia and Malaysia and on Indian migrants in Europe and their linkages with their homeregion in Gujarat, India.
Isabelle Makay is a visual anthropologist/documentary maker and teaches at the Design Academy Eindhoven. She directed several short documentaries.
Directors: M.Rutten, S. Verstappen, I.Makay
Production: Josaphatpark Productions BVBA
Language of dialogues: English, Gujarati
Language of subtitles: English, Czech