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165. GELLNEROVSKÝ SEMINÁŘ / 120 MIN

Česká republika, 2018, 120 min
CASA a Antropofest
26.01.2018 15:00

165th Gellner Seminar
CASA (Czech Association for Social Anthropology) with the support of Antropofest arranges 165th Gellner Seminar.  The guest of the seminar is Mr. Mauro Bucci, Italian filmmaker and visual anthropologist. The topic of the seminar is „Representing Migrations through Ethnographic Cinema”. The phenomenon of migration affecting Africa and Italy, as well as Europe more generally, over the last several years is a favorite object of representation among Western mass media. Mr. Bucci will analyze the ethnographic fieldwork with a camera he undertook to realize “Hotel Splendid”. The fieldwork was based both on author´s  involvement in everyday life experiences of migrants, as well as a number of interventionist practices aimed at improving the asylum seekers’ conditions.

165th Gellner Seminar  takes place on Friday 26th January from 3 p.m. in Café Kampus, Náprstkova 10, Praha 1

Oficial website of CASA: http://www.casaonline.cz/
P.I. Crawford hovoří o snímku Hotel Splendid: https://vimeo.com/249992367
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/199143607

 

4000 MIL KE ŠTĚSTÍ / 30 MIN

Česká republika, Kanada, 2017, 30 min
Phillip Nosák
27.01.2018 15:55

Antropofest 2018 4000 miles. It's a distance travelled by the Roma in the quest for a new life. In 1996, many Czech Roma left their homes searching for a more respectable and prosperous life in Canada which has established a new migration corridor still being used today. The documentary unveils the view into the life of a Roma community and reveals stories of people many of whom are not sure whether they will be allowed to keep their new home.

Director: Phillip Nosák
Production: Jana Zychová
Camera: Phillip Nosák, Jana Zychová
Edit: Phillip Nosák, Jana Zychová, Petra Liprtová

Launching of the movie:
Autonomní centrum Klinika, Praha; Antropologický večer ČZU, Praha

ACROSS GENDER / 24 MIN

Nizozemí, 2016, 24 min
Anouk Houtman
26.01.2018 21:30

Antropofest 2018 'Across Gender' is an ethnographic film about the negotiation of visibility of trans people in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Focusing on personal experiences of different people who 'cross gender' we follow: LGBT-activists, drag performers, and students of an Islamic school for transwomen. We learn about their experiences and how they view Indonesian society. Through different people and spaces, 'Across Gender' gives a varied image of trans people in Yogyakarta and challenges stereotypes. The stories are documented in the midst of anti-LGBT sentiments and actions in early 2016 and illustrate how the negotiation of visibility is an ongoing and difficult process.

Anouk is based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and has a background in visual anthropology and gender studies. After her bachelor's in Amsterdam, she continued with a master's in visual anthropology in Leiden. During her fieldwork in Indonesia, Anouk made an ethnographic film called 'Across Gender' which focuses on the negotiation of visibility when one 'crosses gender' in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. She is interested in people's personal stories and experiences and believes film is a tool for social change. She is currently pursuing a second MA in Gender Studies.

Director, Camera, Production, Script, Edit: Anouk Houtman

Language of Dialogues: English,  Bahasa language
Language of Subtitles: Czech, English

Launching of the movie (selection):
Ethnocineca, Vienna, Austria 2017;  Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, India 2017;  Students Ethnographic Filmfestival Zadar, Croatia  2017; Korea Queer Film Festival Seoul, Republic of Korea 2017;  Leeds Queer Film Festival, United Kingdom 2017; Thessaloniki International LGBTQ festival, Greece  2017; Viscult, Finland  2017

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/212648556

BORDERLINE VIEWS: A GOLAN HEIGHTS DOCUMENTARY / 28 MIN

Izrael, Sýrie, Francie, 2017, 28 min
Simon Luling
26.01.2018 20:30

Antropofest 2018 The film takes a look at the border between Israel and Syria, through the experience of the Druze community - living in the occupied Golan Heights, of Syrian identity yet in an Israeli reality, and subject to the whims of the region's geopolitics. In the Occupation's 50th year, and with the Syrian Civil War raging, questions arise on the Golan and its Druze community's identities.

Simon Luling
is a US American and German filmmaker, based in France. He has also lived in Canada, the Netherlands, the US, Ecuador and Israel, working primarily as a film/video editor and producer, and occasionally in academic research. Previous work includes Freeway: Crack in the System (documentary about the US drug epidemic and Nicaragua's Contra War), and award-winning South American comedy series, Enchufe.tv. His interest in politics and world cultures (namely in the context of state and nation-building) led him to spend time in the Golan Heights, befriending people in the Druze villages, out of which the film Borderline Views was born.

Director, Camera, Production, Script, Edit: Simon Luling

Language of Dialogues: English, Hebrew, Arabic
Language of Subtitles: Czech, English

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/229465806

ETHNOGRAPHIC STUDY OF ALGORITHMS / 5 MIN

Česká republika, 2017, 5 min
Dalibor Knapp
27.01.2018 21:55

Antropofest 2018 Ethnographic Study of Algorithms (3D animation, found footage) draws on the form and routines of classic ethnographic film. The plot is framed by an interview between the author - the observer and Mitsuku chatbot - the observed. Found footage depicts the views of white men and women, representatives of the colonial tradition, who undisturbed observe black natives from their shelters. This flow is interrupted by scenes modelled in 3D, where the author meets El Negro de Banyoles, a stuffed black native hunter who was exhibited in the Museo Darder until 1991. The growing parallels between algorithms and natives bring the question of who is actually the observer and who is the observed. The classic ethnographic relationship We vs. They is turned upside down. They are the algorithms that collect, categorize and record. The film directs the viewer's view to the moment when the reassuring privilege of staring becomes the very opposite, when the viewer discovers that he himself is being observed, he is just a skin without body, surface without any identity.


Dalibor Knapp is an author of video essays, texts, and installations. In his work, he focuses on anthropological research of social and cultural layers of reality and examines the constructions of various languages that talk about it. A common feature of these works is the ubiquitus question of human cognition. Dalibor studied at the Center for Audiovisual Studies at FAMU (MgA.) and Theory of Culture at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague (PhDr.). In 2013, he attended Lensbased class of Professor Hito Steyerl at Berlin University of the Arts (UdK). He is a curator of an educational platform for digital culture, art and technology Transmit and co-founder of the research studio Množina.org.

Director, Edit: Dalibor Knapp
Production: Studio FAMU
Script: Mitsuku Chatbot, Dalibor Knapp

Language of Dialogues: angličtina
Language of Subtitles: angličtina

Launching of the movie (selection):
Your face sounds familiar (galerie FAVU, Brno), Famufest 2017, PAF 2017 Olomouc

GRAB AND RUN / 85 MIN

Španělsko, Německo, 2017, 85 min
Roser Corella
27.01.2018 14:00

Antropofest 2018 Since Kyrgyzstan gained its Independence in 1991, there has been a revival of the ancient practice of Ala-Kachuu, which translates roughly as "grab and run". More than half Kyrgyz women are married after being kidnapped by the men who become their husbands. Some escaped after violent ordeals, but most are persuaded to stay by tradition and fear of scandal. Ala-Kachuu was outlawed during Soviet era and remains illegal under the kyrgyz criminal code, but the law has rarely been enforced to protect women from this violent practice.

Roser Corella (born in Barcelona) is an Independent Documentary Filmmaker currently based in Berlin. Roser began her career as video-journalist for the catalan TV, but her interest in human stories behind global issues moved her to start self-producing and developing a personal vision within the documentary field. Her work has been shown worldwide, winning awards such as POYI – Picture of the Year International- in USA, and CANAL+ France Award at Women's Film Festival of Créteil. Her fascination for the documentary genre has led her around the world in search of stories to tell. Not only to witness but to challenge and raise critical questions about contemporary societies.

Director, Camera, Script: Roser Corella
Production: Moving mountains films
Edit: Ariadna Ribas

Language of Dialogues: Kyrgyz
Language of Subtitles: Czech, English

Launching of the movie, awards (selection):
Best International Documentary at DocLA Los Angeles Documentary Film Festival 2017, Best film "A different tomorrow section" at Reykjavik Film Festival 2017, Best International Film Award at Festival of Ethnological Film v Belgrade 2017

HOTEL SPLENDID / 90 MIN

Itálie, 2016, 90 min
Mauro Bucci
26.01.2018 18:30

Antropofest 2018 Hotel Splendid is an intimate and a collective account of a community of migrants from the African coasts who are living in a reception center for asylum seekers. It is a glimpse into the daily experiences and operation of an Italian hotel turned into an emergency camp for refugees. The documentary interweaves two different story-lines: the dramatic journey undertaken by the migrants to reach Europe, with its load of violence and abuse, and the itinerary that asylum seekers must follow upon their entrance in the camp until the evaluation procedure is over.

Mauro Bucci in an Italian filmmaker and independent researcher in the field of Visual Anthropology. He wrote scientific essays about ethnographic films for the Italian cinema journal «Bianco e Nero», for the ethnographic journal «Visual Ethnography», for a collective volume of anthropological papers published by Clueb. His last essay for the book "Looking with Robert Gardner" has been published by Suny Press in August 2016. Mauro Bucci graduated with honours from the University of Bologna in "Dams" (curriculum Cinema) and has a diploma from the School of Visual Ethnography of ISFCI in Rome. He worked as a one-man crew shooting video, recording sound, and editing footage for "Hotel Splendid", his first work as a cinematographic author. The documentary, which was self-produced, was completed following 12 months' of fieldwork, and is based on the ethnographic method of participant observation.

Director, Production, Camera, Script, Edit: Mauro Bucci

Language of Dialogues:
 Italian, English, French, Wolof  language
Language of Subtitles: Czech, English

Launching of the movie, awards (selection):
GRAND PRIX International Ethno Film Festival "The Heart of Slavonia" Chorvatsko 2017;  BEST FEATURE-LENGTH FILM, prize "Gold Marzocco" Adriano Asti and BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM, prize Luciano Becattini, Valdarno Cinema Fedic Valdarno, Itaálie 2017; SPECIAL MENTION, Bastimento Film Festival  Bologna, Itálie 2017

P.I. Crawford talks about Hotel Splendid: https://vimeo.com/249992367
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/199143607



I AM NOT LEAVING ELDON / 49 MIN

Švýcarsko, 2015, 49 min
Jessica Bollag
27.01.2018 18:50

Antropofest 2018 The state of Iowa is the largest producer of soy and corn in the U.S.. In the town of Eldon, Iowa, the multi-national corporations, Cargill and John Deere, are the most important job sources -mostly in the low income bracket. In the town there are hardly any public services. The houses are often placed between vast fields. Five young people talk about their daily lives in this rural area. Firing and outsourcing are real threats. Beside all this, the protagonists are labeled with negative stereotypes: white trash, rednecks and hillbillies. The five friends of Eldon are very close to each other. They often meet unannounced. Their houses and cars don't need to be locked. The protagonists describe the local changes of Eldon. Why stay despite bad job opportunities? How do they deal with their negative stereotypes? Why is freedom more important than a career? Creative solutions and a strong sense of community are essential in this rural region. An anthropological documentary about unlocked doors, fun and conflict in geographical isolation.

Jessica Bollag has recently completed her Master's degree in Social Anthropology, with a focus on Visual Anthropology at the University of Bern. She has been working at the Federal Office of Culture and as assisting teacher at the University of Bern. Currently she's working as a researcher at the University of Teacher Education in Bern. Her research interests are in the field of Anthropology of work, social class and ethnographic filmmaking.

Director, Production, Camera, Edit, Script: Jessica Bollag

Language of Dialogues: English
Language of Subtitles: Czech, English

Launching of the movie, awards (selection):
Society for Visual Anthropology Film & Media Festival, Minneapolis, U S A; Award for the Best Graduate Student Film - Festival of Visual Culture Viscult Joensuu, Finland;  Ethnografilm  Paris, France; Days of Ethnographic Film Ljubljana, Slovenia; International Ethnographic Film Festival of Quebec, Canada; University of British Columbia International Festival of Anthropology Film, Vancouver, Canada; Ethnographic Film Festival  Kratovo, Macedonia;  Ethnocineca International Documentary Filmfestival Vienna, Austria; Nomination Excellence in Visual Anthropology Award - International Student's Ethnographic Film Festival Zadar, Croatia.

 

MAKING A LIVING IN THE DRY SEASON / 35 MIN

Angola, Portugalsko, Velká Británie, 2016, 35 min
Ines Ponte
26.01.2018 22:00

Antropofest 2018 Set in the highlands village of Katuwo, the film is an intimate portrait of the day-to-day life of a family living in an agro-pastoralist farm in Namibe, Angola. Through the filmmaker's request to her host Madukilaxi to put her skills into the making of a doll, the film addresses a twofold notion of labour taking place in the dry season: their shared doll-crafting and making a living. Lipuleni, Madukilaxi's toddler, follows their twofold labour, and the three of them celebrate their efforts with a feast.

Ines Ponte born in Portugal, and studied Visual Anthropology in the UK, with a background in Documentary and Social Anthropology from home. Since 2006 I have worked as an editor, cameraman, producer, researcher and writing assistant of documentary and research projects in India, Brazil, Portugal, Angola and the UK. After teaching theoretical and practical courses on filmmaking and visuality, I nowadays conceive and collaborate in audiovisual and media projects based in Portugal.


Director, Camera, Edit, Script: Ines Ponte
Production: Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology

Language of Dialogues: Olunyaneka language
Language od Subtitles: Czech, English

Launching of the movie (selection):
Apricot Tree International Documentary Film Festival, Armenia 2017;  Pärnu International Documentary and Anthropology Film Festival, Estonia  2017;  Days of Ethnographic FIlm, Slovenia 2017; EthnoFest, International Ethnographic Film Festival, Greece; Kratovo Ethnographic Film Festival, Macedonia

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/242457828

OBRAZ SVÉHO TĚLA / 17 MIN

Česká republika, 2017, 17 min
Tomáš Pospíšil
27.01.2018 15:40

Antropofest 2018 This ethnographic film was made as part of his bachelor thesis. Shooting began in October 2016 when his friend Jakub Berger decided to renovate an old private gym and open it to the public. The main storyline followes the renovation of the gym. Shooting ended in June 2017, when Jakub put the finishing touches to the gym. He chose two other protagonists – professional bodybuilders Daniel Čech from Kolín and Martin Gabko from Mělník. The documentary captures their training and views of the bodybuilding lifestyle.

Tomáš Pospíšil was born in Kolín, Czech Republic. After graduating from the Business College in Kolín, he went on to study social anthropology at the University of Pardubice. One of his interests is sports. He has been doing natural fitness since 2010. A video featuring his body transformation over the years can be found on his Youtube channel: Tomáš Pospíšil - Fitness channel. In his first document Obraz Svého Těla (Image of Your Body), he follows the lives of three bodybuilders.

Director, Camera, Edit: Tomáš Pospíšil
Production: Univerzita Pardubice

Language of dialogue: Czech
Language of subtitles: -

PREMIERE

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ED0JSVc8zEU&feature=youtu.be

THE LAND OF LOVE / 78 MIN

Estonsko, 2016, 78 min
Liivo Niglas
27.01.2018 17:00

Antropofest 2018 "The Land of Love" is a documentary film about reindeer, oil, politics and poetry. It tells a story about Yuri Vella, a Forest Nenets reindeer herder and poet who lives in the taiga of Western Siberia, and who tries to prove that one person can stand against the great power that is destroying the environment of the native people. Vella calls the "Land of Love" a piece of the forest tundra where each autumn his reindeer mate. The same area is a favoured hunting ground for employees of Lukoil, a company that pumps oil in the region. For many years already Yuri has tried to chase the Lukoil people away from the "Land of Love" because the noise of cars and rifle shots and the ruckus caused by boozing oil workers disturbs the mating of reindeer. Yuri uses several unusual resistance methods to chase the oil workers away, including filming the intruders and writing poems on the subject.

Liivo Niglas is currently a research fellow at the department of ethnology in University of Tartu, Estonia. He runs an independent production company, Mp Doc, for anthropological documentary films. He has made films in Siberia, Africa, Central Asia and North America. Some of his works are: The Brigade (2000), Yuri Vella's World (2003), Adventure High (2004), Making Rain (2007), Fish On! (2008), Itelmen Stories (2010), Journey to the Maggot Feeder (2015).

Director, Camera, Script, Edit: Liivo Niglas
Production: F-Seitse & MP DOC

Language of dialogues: Russian, Khanty, Forest Nenets, French
Langue of subtitles: Czech, English

Launching of the movie, awards:
The National Estonian Film and Television Award for the best documentary 2016; Annual Award of the Estonian Cultural Endowment for the best documentary 2016; 1st Prize (Man and Nature), Matsalu Nature Film Festival, Estonia

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aq6JYJysHWc

UNITY: DRESS-SCAPE OF ACCRA / 36 MIN

Ghana, Nizozemí, 2016, 36 min
Mara Lin Visser
26.01.2018 22:30

Antropofest 2018 Unity: Dress-scapes of Accra is an ethnographic film about African fashion in the capital of Ghana. The comeback of African print seems to be emerging in the fashion system of Accra. While following Allan, a fashion designer and his wife Cynthia, this mosaic film shows the great diversity of tailor-made fashion and hybrid styles; the ways the African wear is used and the expression of culture by wearing the African prints. The film highlights beautiful details by focusing on a few participants who show the mixture of different materials, cuts and styles in a creative and free atmosphere. In this way the film is not only observational, it gives people space to tell their story and show they are proud of the African wear.

Mara Lin Visser is a visual anthropologist and filmmaker based in Amsterdam. She discovered filmmaking during the production of documentary on material culture in Volendam for her MA Visual Anthropology. The medium of film gives her the freedom to express herself, her thoughts about certain topics and academic observations in a natural way. For her film is the perfect way to explore the broad subject of material culture. With this in mind she decided to do her fieldwork in Ghana, which resulted in the film 'Unity: Dress-scapes of Accra'. She is interested in queer rights, participation society, material culture, fashion, geopolitics and art.

Director, Camera, production, Edit, Script: Mara Lin Visser

Language of Dialogues: English, languages Ga and Twi
Language of Subtitles: Czech, English

Launching of the movie (selection):
RAI Film festival in Bristol, Great Britain; Ethnografilm, Paris, France; Ethnocineca Vienna, Austria;  Kratovo Ethnographic film Festival in Macedonia; Society for Visual Anthropology Film and Media Festival (SVAFMF); Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/205078498

VERNISÁŽ VÝSTAVY "POMÁHÁME LIDEM NA ÚTĚKU" / 20 MIN

Česká republika, 2018, 20 min
Antropofest a spolek "Pomáháme lidem na útěku"
26.01.2018 18:00

Exhibition – Helping people on the run
 
In August 2015, Czech media were flooded with news on refugees. Photos were taken at the Hungarian railway station Keleti full of tents, people and children huddling together on the ground or pictures of Serbian highways with crowds of people going on foot touched almost everyone. In September 2015, Czech Team was created, currently bringing together more than 4,000 Czech volunteers, who went to help refugees on the Balkan route. Tens of thousands of people have contributed with financial or material help. This exhibition is held as a thank you to everyone who is not indifferent to the situation of refugees. The authors of the photographs are the volunteers themselves. The photos were from the autumn of 2015 to the summer of 2016.

The exhibition takes places in the foyer of the cinema Ponrepo from Friday 6 p.m. until Saturday 11.p.m.


http://plnu.cz/

 

WE MUST BE DREAMING / 61 MIN

Belgie, 2016, 61 min
David Bert Joris Dhert
27.01.2018 20:10

Antropofest 2018 What roads did the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Rio Olympic Games pave for Brazil? Along three years of navigating through the daily lives of three Brazilians, one indigenous, one African and one European descendant, the documentary We must be dreaming explores what the World Cup and the Olympic Games have brought to the lives of the people of Rio de Janeiro and to what degree the biggest sport events of the planet have brought the dreams and opportunities they promise.

David Bert Joris Dhert is a Belgian documentary filmmaker working in the field of visual anthropology. Since 2010 he lives between Belgium and Brazil, where he has realized a film about the changes the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games brought to the lives of his Rio co-citizens. His work has been invited for documentary film festivals, ethnographic film festivals as well as for exhibitions for contemporary art.

Director, Camera, Script, Edit: David Bert Joris Dhert
Production: Gregg Young

Language of Dialogues: Portuguese
Language of Subtitles: Czech, English

Launching of the movie (selection):
Society for Visual Anthropology Film and Media Festival, Washington DC, US;  Athens Ethnographic Film Festival Greece; Viscult international documentary and ethnographic film festival, Finland;  IVSA 2017 international conference for visual sociology, Montréal, Canada

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrxkzHJD44U

ZATOPENÉ / 50 MIN

Slovensko, 2016, 50 min
Soňa G. Lutherová
27.01.2018 13:00

Antropofest 2018 Zatopené (Flooded) is an anthropological documentary film about a building and the fates connected to it. The mansion in Parizovce was a family residence, home, property, center of a farmstead and eventually a historical monument. Some parts of the building have been preserved and have endured through centuries, others have been flooded by the waters of the Liptovska Mara waterworks. For the descendants of the Stein family, its last owners, the mansion is a memory of a lost past. For museum curators it's a gem, a phoenix risen from the muddy waters, the pride of the Liptov region. An unusual story of the mansion from Parizovce and its last owners, that is also a reflection of the social changes in 20th century Slovakia.

Soňa G. Lutherová is a social and visual anthropologist. As a researcher at the Institute of Ethnology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, she examines the changing identities of people in post-socialism, especially in relation to their material environment. She has lectured, researched and studied at universities in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Sweden and Austria. She is a co-author of several short documentary films and an author of visual art projects. Flooded is her screenwriting and directorial debut.

Director: Soňa G. Lutherová
Production: Barbara Harumová Hessová
Camera: Denisa Buranová
Edit: Peter Harum

Language of Dialogues: Slovak
Language of Subtitles: English