Film Festivals

Films Featured in Film Festivals:

"A Story of Paradise Lost" by Fidel Devkota

"A Question of Perspective" by Josefine Borrmann and Julia Luhnau

"Books with Remoulade" by Halla Mia

"Café-Finovo" by Lefteris Fylaktos

"Coffee Talks" by Katharina Frucht

"Darkmoon" by Thomas John

"DEEP ROOTS DORMANT BRANCHES" by Emily Smith

"GLUED" by Benoit Detalle

"Living Color Living Sound" by StarLynn Jacobs

"Meet Me in Memoriam" by Alina Trebbin

"No Country for Young Men" by Sadaf Javdani

"Stereotype" by Arjang Omrani

 "The Tour" by Eva La Cour

"A Story of Paradise Lost"

Fidel Devkota / 50 Min. / Tibet 2011 / OmeU

Synopsis:

Shambala is a mythical term in Tibetan Buddhism referring to a pure and mystical land hidden in the Himalayas.This film explores how the sudden change of climate pattern and its impact in the people living in such paradise in the Himalayas of Nepal. This film was a result of three months of fieldwork in Upper Mustang (Apr- June 2011).This participatory observation film tells the story of Dhe Village (3820m) which is considered to be Nepal’s first Climate refugee village. People of the village share their stories, myth, history, and problems in the film.There is not enough snow and rainfall and the land is dry and barren and cattle! are slowly dying because of water and pasture shortage.This film is a story of survival, imigration, adaptation, climate vulnerability and hope in the time of climate change, which is threatening the villagers with their survival.

"A Story of Paradise Lost" has been invited to:

  • Bansko International Mountain Festival, Bulgaria 2012
  • Cafe des Images- Cean, France 2013
  • Cultural Unplugged Online Film Festival 2013
  • Foire International de Cean, France 2013
  • International Anthropological Film Festival, Vietnam 2012
  • Kathmandu Mountain Film Festival, Nepal 2011
  • Maison Internationale de Rennes, France 2013
  • Nepal Now, Köln, Germany 2012

"A Question of Perspective"

Josefine Borrmann, Julia Luhnau /  63 Min. / Brasilien, USA, Deutschland 2011-2013 / OmeU

Synopsis:

"Paz, Justiça e Liberdade" - This slogan marks drug sale points of Rio de Janeiro; in songs, it is used to justify the self-proclaimed right to power of one of the biggest drug cartels of Rio. “Peace, Justice and Liberty” are the values the Brazilian drug cartel Commando Vermelho has prided itself on since its conspicuous formation in the 70s. But what do these values really embody? And even more importantly: What do they signify for the people whose lives are inevitably intertwined with the drug wars that have been raging for years?  Alongside the brothers Francisco and Leandro we start our search for answers to these questions and thereby take a look behind the scenes of one of the biggest drug cartels of Brazil. We accompany police offers, gang members, and favela inhabitants in their daily lives, learning of their very personal opinions, values, and future perspectives. From them, we learn that the recent pacification of favelas has been positively received by their inhabitants, albeit the persistent insecurity and mistrust of whether or not these changes will last beyond the international events incurring them, the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. Will these changes last past 2016? Can the government of Brazil guarantee permanence? Between antiquated and recently reformed police forces, between the government and the Comando Vermelho: Who really succeeds in achieving Peace, Justice and Liberty in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro?

"A Question of Perspective" has been invited to:

  • Los Angeles New Wave International Film Festival 2013
The film won "First Place Feature Documentary", "Best Concept", and "Best Directing" at LA New Wave Film Festival. World Premiere Screening in Los Angeles 21st of April 2013, 8:00 PM.
  • Ethnocineca Vienna, May 2013
  • International Film Festival for Peace, Inspiration and Equality 2013
  • Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA) Conference, Chicago
  • The Indie Gathering, Hudson, USA 2013

"Books with Remoulade" 

Halla Mia / 30 Min. Greenland 2012 / Danish (Ome U)

Synopsis:

In the year 1989 Gerda Vilholm opened Neriusaaq, Tasiilaq's first bookshop and the only one on the east coast of Greenland. With time it has become much more than just a bookshop.

"Books with Remoulade" has been invited to:

  • Days of Ethnographic Film in Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Nordic Anthropological Film Association Film Festival
  • Skjaldborg, Icelandic Documentary Film Festival, Iceland
  • The International Ethnographic FIlm Festival of Quebec

"Café-Finovo"

Lefteris Fylaktos / 53 Min. Germany 2012 / German (OmeU)

Synopsis:

With patience and beauty, our understanding of mortality is altered as this film unfolds on life, laughter and Wilhelm Grimm. Set within the walls of the Alter St. Matthäus cemetery in Berlin, we meet artists, story-tellers and grave sponsors—the cultural life revolving around the lively café-finovo and it’s reputable cakes. Café finovo is the first café in a cemetery in Germany. 

"Café-Finovo" has been invited to:

  • 1st Prize for Best Short Documentary | 7th Greek Documentary Festival Docfest 2013
  • Special Jury Mention | 3rd Athens International Digital Film Festival 2013
  • Best Student Film Nominee | 20th Astra Film Festival, Sibiu Int’l Documentary Film Fest 2013
  • Official Selection | 17th International Documentary Film Festival CINEMA OFF, Poznan 2013
  • Official Selection | 2013 Athens Ethnographic Film Festival

"Coffee Talks"

Katharina Frucht / Germany and Cameroon 2012 / French, English (OmeU)

Synopsis:

Can there be fair trade between Europe and Africa, and if so under what conditions? This film follows the Bremen based coffee company Utamtsi to the lush mountains of Cameroon where they buy their beans. It explores the relationships between producers and consumers and of the two founders – one from Germany, the other from Cameroon.

"Coffee Talks" has been invited to:

  • Days of Ethnographic Film in Ljubljana, Slovenia 
  • The International Film Festival of Quebec

"Dark Moon"

Thomas John / 53 Min. Mexico, Deutschland 2012 / OmeU

Synopsis:

Dark Moon ist ein poetischer Dokumentarfilm, der sich mit Praktiken indigener Kunst auseinandersetzt. Suyul, eine junge indigene Dichterin aus Chiapas, schreibt ihre Poesie in ihrer Erstsprache Tzotzil und auf Spanisch. Co-protagonist des Films ist ein guter Freund, Tzotzil Maler und Filmemacher. Der Film ist ein Versuch, eine poetische audio-visuelle Sprache für Suyuls Poesie und sie selbst als Person zu finden. Suyuls Poesie ist eng mit ihrer Kultur verbunden und behandelt Frauen, die Realitäten der Tzotzil, Düsterkeit und Tod. Jedoch fordert sie die allgemeinen Annahmen zu Indigenen heraus und gibt uns eine tiefe Einsicht in ihre Lebensrealität.

 

"Darkmoon" has been invited to:

  • Ethnocineca Vienna, May 2013
  • Salento Film Festival, 2013

"DEEP ROOTS / DORMANT BRANCHES"

Emily Smith / Mixed media. Germany 2012 / German (OmeU)

Synopsis:

Not far from Berlin, Lunow sits on the edge of a familiar past and an uncertain future. Residents stand tall in the face of steady depopulation, rising unemployment and an ageing trend. This ethnographically-informed audio/visual documentary focuses on two generations: a handful of retired volunteers from the heritage museum who collect, preserve and share the town's stories and artefacts, while the teen club, born after the Berlin Wall fell, are entering adulthood with bravado while facing limited prospects. Both generations hold tightly to their roles in the village yet are connected in more ways than one might expect.

The three short films of DEEP ROOTS | DORMANT BRANCHES manage to peel away the stereotypes about post-unification, small town Germany weaving together ethnographic, collaborative and self-reflexive methodology. Conceived as installation films, the exhibition space is further activated through the materiality of photography and presentation strategies that challenge how visitors experience the ethnographically-informed research. The MA Thesis project will be presented in Lunow in May 2013.

 

"DEEP ROOTS / DORMANT BRANCHES" has been invited to:

  • Filmfest Eberswalde - Provinziale October 5th to October 12th 2013

"GLUED" 

Benoit Detalle / 18. Min. found footage / English

Synopsis:

GLUED evokes a history through which audio-visual material is understood as a constituent form of our culture. Undertaking a media archaeology where the past comes to represent a space of possibilities, such a strategy is rooted in a manipulative questioning of the archive—or more recently, the database. An appropriative and subversive act that seeks to go beyond the two-dimensional pixelated surface of the image, it has for aim to allude to the fissures within contemporary historical discourses. With a scope that lies on the borders of historical criticism and anthropological discourse, GLUED seeks out the irrevocable tensions between media representation and knowledge production. In a world over-abundant with images, it is searching to tell a personal story. 

"GLUED" has been invited to:

  • Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam 2012
  • Remixed FOUR Media Festival, New York 2012
  • ZEMOS98 Film Festival, Seville, Spain 2012

"Living Color Living Sound" by StarLynn Jacobs

Synopsis:

Living Color Living Sound is an experimental documentary on the American Rainbow Family's 40th Annual National Rainbow Gathering, shot in Washington State's Gifford Pinchot National Forest in July 2011.The filmmaker, StarLynn Jacobs, has created a sensorial introduction to this complex and diverse group that she has over a decade of experience with. The Rainbow Family functions without official leaders or doctrines, uses consensus, and is open to all. Living Color Living Sound is an auto-ethnographic glimpse of a thriving thread of American life that, on many levels, attempts to operate outside the hyper-capitalistic world of the "dominant culture."

"Living Color Living Sound" has been invited to:

  • 7th Berlin Biennial, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, 2012

"Meet Me in Memoriam"

Alina Trebbin / Germany 2010, Super 8 /HD, English, 5 min 

Synopsis:

Consuming images is a daily experience. Before learning how to read words, we learn to read pictures. But are we ever really able to reconstruct past moments depicted in foreign photographs that are someone's materialized memories? This short film wants to take a look at the limits of photography in reviving bygone moments to the eyes of the stranger who encodes images on the basis of his own memories and understanding. We add new layers of meaning to the pictures we consume and create our own truth about situations we were actually not part of but have become as their later audience. In this way, the strange viewer enriches the unknown photograph just as it enriches him, a process of silent exchange that involves more than just the sense of sight.

 

"Meet Me in Memoriam" has been invited to:

  • EMERGEANDSEE media arts festival, Berlin 2011
  • Shortcutz, Berlin 2011
  • AntropoFest International Film Festival, Prague 2012
  • 11th Göttingen International Ethnographic Film Festival (May 9-13th, 2012)

"No Country for Young Men"

Sadaf Javdani / Germany, 2010, v.o. persian, english / english subt., 30 min.

Synopsis:

Directed by Sadaf Javdani, this film explores the lives of a group of friends from Iran. Through the lens of friendship, the emigration of Iran’s youth becomes poignantly clear. The film attempts to express their liveliness and how it has outstretched the boundaries of their home country. All of these youth are in a search for a feeling of being “home”.

"No Country for Youg Men" has been invited to:

  • 12th RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film 2011
  • 28th Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival (November 8 to 13, 2011)
  • Athens Ethnographic Film Festival 2011
  • Festival International du film ethnographique du Québec, Montréal (January 25 to 28, 2012)

"Stereotype" by Arjang Omrani

Synopsis:

This film tries to depict documentary narration about judgement as textual and body as contextual stereotypes. On the basis of a phenomenological perspective it approaches the gap between subjective stereotypes and objective presentation manifesting itself in physical traits.

“The phenomenological approach made me exercise a kind of 'phenomenological narration' in the documentary." --Arjang Omrani

"Stereotype" has been invited to:

  • 11th Göttingen International Ethnographic Film Festival (May 9-13th, 2012)

 "The Tour" by Eva La Cour 

Synopsis:

"The Tour" explores the relationship between actual and virtual realities within and across Longyearbyen on Svalbard, by touring the place with Maxi Taxi and its employees - one out of two taxi companies in the Norwegian settlement. A verbal montage based on three taxi drivers from Norway, Denmark and Russia, illuminate the role of the individual as an at once conserving and creative agent, and thus a more general concern of the film being: how experience and mediation of place happen, simultaneously, as actively generative forms of emplacement. The structure of the film, a guided tour, reflects Longyearbyen as a particularly accessible and well-infrastructured location in the Arctic, characterized by mobility and temporality, but also filmic strategies as forms of guiding. This is evocated through a reflexive usage of the distinctive expressive structures embedded in the relationship between image and sound. 

"The Tour" has been invited to:

  • 11th Göttingen International Ethnographic Film Festival (May 9-13th, 2012)