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Film Festivals

Films Featured in Film Festivals:
"Darkmoon" by Thomas John
"A Question of Perspective" by Josefine Borrmann and Julia Luhnau
"The Tour" by Eva La Cour
"Meet Me in Memoriam" by Alina Trebbin
"Stereotype" by Arjang Omrani

"No Country for Young Men" by Sadaf Javdani

"A Story of Paradise Lost" by Fidel Devkota

"Coffee Talks" by Katharina Frucht

"Cafe Finovo" by Lefteris Fylaktos


"Dark Moon"

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

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 (September 2013)







"A Question of Perspective"

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



"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)



“Peace, Justice and Liberty” are the values the Brazilian drug cartel Commando Vermelho prides itself on. 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?








"The Tour"

Eva La Cour



About the Film:

"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.


About the Filmmaker:

Eva la Cour has a background in the field of fine art as well as media and visual anthropology. Drawing from a broad spectrum of sources of everyday life, she is engaged in a praxis often looking into the relationship between image-making and the composition of urban and/or national space by investigating social bodies and their capacities to express themselves in both words and actions.


"The Tour" has been invited to:

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







"Meet Me in Memoriam"

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




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)





Arjang Omrani



Film 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)







"No Country for Young Men"

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

The film 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)


"A Story of Paradise Lost"

Fidel Devkota



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.

The film has been invited to:

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

"Coffee Talks"

Katharina Frucht



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.

The film has been invited to:

  • Boddinale Berlin (6th-16th Feb '14)
  • Days of Ethnographic Film in Ljubljana, Slovenia (10th-14th March '14)

Cafe Finovo

Lefteris Fylaktos



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.

This film has been invited to:

  • 7th Greek Documentary Festival Docfest 2013
  • 3rd Athens International Digital Film Festival 2013
  • 20th Astra Film Festival, Sibiu Int’l Documentary Film Fest 2013
  • 17th International Documentary Film Festival CINEMA OFF, Poznan 2013
  • 2013 Athens Ethnographic Film Festival

Berlin Southern Theory Lecture