Full programm


 May 15-20, 2017




Moscow State University of Education

Malaya Pirogovskaya 1-1. Room 10.


Macedonia, 2015, 48 min, 12+

Vladimir Bocev

Zagrad is a village in the Poreche area. It has but a few permanent residents and Rose is one of them. He is a thirty-six years old man who lives with his mother. The film shows the day-to-day life of Rose, as well as the rites performed in the village every year on the occasion of the feast of Epiphany. These rites are being performed mostly by people who have moved away from the village, but still come back for the feast of the village.

Vladimir Bocev employed as curator – ethnologist in the national Museum of Macedonia.
Customs are in the focus of his interest, particularly the rituals with masks and carnivals. Bocev has accomplished several international projects. He is author of many ethnographic documentaries dealing with cultural anthropology. His films have been selected in numerous festivals of anthropological documentaries all over Europe. He is the author of several ethnographic exhibitions and published numerous articles.



Center of Documentary Cinema

Zubovsky bulvar, 2



Ethiopia / Spain / UK, 2015, 86 min, 12+

Quino Piñero

If you go out around music bars and venues in Addis Ababa, you will enjoy a very characteristic scene, but if you want to get an idea of the different sounds from the country, you will get a very narrow view of it; in some places some Amhara or Gurage music may be found but … What about the rest? There are more than eighty different nationalities and cultures spread all along the mountains, deserts and forests of Ethiopia. Nowadays many of the traditional instruments in Ethiopia have been replaced for electronic keyboards, and many local traditional bands have been reduced to a front (wo)man singing along to a keyboard which plays beats and melodies all in one. But there are still some musicians spread along the country playing the music they learned from their fathers and mothers; instruments like the Krar, Washent, Masinko or Kabero, are nowadays roaring and bouncing against the hills of this land full of contrasts and diversity.
In order to unveil the music universe and keep a record of this endangered music tradition, the Roaring Abyss team spent two years performing field recordings around every corner of Ethiopia, documented in this audiovisual poem.

Quino Piñero is a sound engineer and film maker who started his nomadic life at an early age, always carrying his audio recorder and camera, hence has his work the personal signature of a sound journey, both on music albums and audiovisual pieces.
Following his eclectic influences like African blues, punk or experimental music, he has recorded and produced albums for Alkibar Junior (Mali 2007), La URSS (Spain 2006) and Orchestra Elastique’s, A Fallible Girl OST (London 2012) among many others.
In 2008 Quino Piñero started working as a sound engineering lecturer at CCEB (Spanish Cultural Centre in Bata, Ecuatorial Guinea. AECID) and venue manager, working in studio with the young Hip Hop scene, as well as with legendary local musicians like Gabri B.
In 2011 he put together hours of footage and audio recordings from his years of music production in Western Africa, resulting in his first documentary film Le Message du Issa ber (Khaira Arby, Male Toure, Tinariwen, …)

In 2012 he moved to Ethiopia, where he worked with artists like Mulatu Astatke or Samuel Yirga. In parallel, he produced the documentary films Roaring Abyss (International Film Festival Rotterdam 2016) and New Voices in an Old Flower, as well as collaborating as sound recordist and designer with film director Miguel Llansó on his latest movies Chigger Ale (Festival del Film de Locarno 2013) and Crumbs (International Film Festival Rotterdam 2015).





Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences

Leninsky 32 a, 18st flor, Small Hall, To pass you should register by mail roman.ignatiev@gmail.com




Vladimir Bocev employed as curator – ethnologist in the national Museum of Macedonia.
Customs are in the focus of his interest, particularly the rituals with masks and carnivals. Bocev has accomplished several international projects. He is author of many ethnographic documentaries dealing with cultural anthropology. His films have been selected in numerous festivals of anthropological documentaries all over Europe.

He is the author of several ethnographic exhibitions and published numerous articles.




Moscow State University of Education

Vernadsky prospect 88, Concert Hall



Egypt, 2015, 31 min, 12+

Paloma Yáñez Serrano

Play, although very present culturally in Cairo, is seen as a form of entertainment rather than an endogenous human characteristic. As such any debate of play is excluded from educational policies and consequently from the schooling system. This came to my attention in 2012 when I contributed to the creation of the first play-based educational scenario in Cairo. This project was inspired by the mini city educational model, present in over 70 countries of the world, and took the name of Mini-Medina (‘mini-city’ in Arabic). The project aims to create a simulated real-size city scenario for children to learn about the mechanisms of a city, imagining their ideal city and their role in society. The film, shot in Cairo, seeks to portray the different ways children have of playing the city and play in the city, experimenting with the thin line that distinguishes play from reality.

Paloma Yáñez Serrano has been working for seven years as an independent ethnographic filmmaker producing documentary films in Congo, Egypt, Lebanon, Spain, Brazil and Mexico, exploring the adaptation of humans to the changing environment, technology and political conflicts though collaborative creative methods. She has produced two medium length documentaries – City Play and Nosso Morro (Our Mountain), one feature length documentary – Amani Kila Siku (Peace Every Day), and a number of short documentaries, news videos, animations, clips and commercial videos. These have been screened in TV Channels like TV5 and France 24 and film festivals like Ethnographic film Festival of Quebec, Astra Film Festival, The Ethnographic Film Festival of Belgrade and Ethnofest and discussed in a number of conferences in Brazil, Germany, UK and Paris. I continue to work as a freelance video maker (producing, filming, editing and distributing) for bodies like the Royal Economic Society, British Medical Association or the departments of Law and Anthropology of the University of Manchester. Paloma is also an audiovisual trainer for post-doc students at the University of Manchester and for young people at the Big Tree Collective workshops.

In parallel, she has co-founded four social enterprises: Nucleo ICA, a youth based ethnographic research NGO in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The production company Big Tree Collective where she continues to work as the director of production and multi sensory workshop facilitator. Imagine Spain an Spanish sustainable business innovation start-up where I worked as the platform’s video maker, producing the short fiction film Inverted Realities that discuses the impact of the crisis in Spanish rural youth, for which I received the Europe at Heart price at the European Parliament.



Estonia, 2015, 25 min, 12+

Pavel Borecky

The film exposes closing hours and night time heartbeat of Tallinn shopping mall – a place built to entertain and mirror the world. The ambiguity of camera gaze and the immersive soundscape will confront viewer with a raw materiality of fleeting encounters, circulatory systems and gradually transforming atmosphere.

Pavel Borecký is a visual anthropologist and a co-founder of an award-winning research organization Anthropictures, holder of MSc in Sustainable Development and MA in Social Anthropology (Audiovisual Ethnography). He carried out fieldworks in Serbia, Peru, Czech Republic and Estonia focusing on visual ethnobotany, community building and urban placemaking in post-socialist context.



Austria, 2016, 15 min, 12+

Jörg Oschmann, Iris Omari Ansong

A well educated urban middle class living in Vienna and their perceptions and thoughts of tattoos are examined in Linked to Ink by methods of qualitative social research. Based on the stories of the protagonists a complex narrative about individual motifs and meanings of this permanent kind of body modification unfolds. The film reveals a selection of sociocultural realities in which – in contrary to conservative assumptions – tattooing has developed into an individualized form of art and representation.

Jörg Oschmann studied Film Production at the Film Akademie Wien and made his first documentary Hello Democracy about social change in Tunisia in 2013. 2014 He started studying Social and Cultural Anthropology in the Vienna University and encountered ethnographic filmmaking and visual anthropology. Linked to Ink is his first ethnographic film.


Iris Omari Ansong studies Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna. In her research she focuses on those who are being marginalized. She explores topics like heteronormativity, xenophobia and alternative lifestyles.




Spain, 2016, 19 min, 12+

Jaime Murciego
Life is not easy in a place like Kariobangi (Nairobi), and it is even worse for girls and women condition. Poverty, crime, drugs, rape and other violations that the female boxers of Boxgirls try to avoid through physical and mostly mental skills that boxing gives to them.



Jaime Murciego is a multi-purpose creative designer and filmmaker, specialized in motion graphics. He was born in the north of Spain in 1985, and he is currently based in Madrid. After passing his bachelor in Audiovisual Communication, he undertook a postgrade in Multimedia and Graphic Design. He started working as a motion graphics designer but he never stopped developing his others skills in video filming and postproduction. He spent 5 years working in-house for different TV and advertising companies such as ftresmedia TV or Zeppelin TV. In 2014 he started working independently as a freelancer filmmaker and
graphic designer. In 2015 Jaime decides to take a flight to Nairobi to film his first short documentary, Boxgirls.



Russia, 2015, 30 min, 12+

Irina Grishina

The film was made during educational research expedition of the Moscow State Pedagogical University and the Vernadskiy Lyceum №1553 in ulus (the ethnic settlement) Mila (Zakamensky district of Buryatia Rebublic). Among the Buryat of Zakamensky region the idea of ​​rebirth of the human soul are an important part their vision of the world. The souls of the departed are reborn in children souls and in the same time – from adults to children – is transmitted in succession the unique and rich culture of their ancestors. The film was created by pupils, students, teachers and dedicated observations of the world of adults and children ulus.

Irina Grishina, psychologist, trainer, teacher, works with teenagers and youth in the direction of personal and professional self-determination, Master of Psychology. The last 6 years she has been traveling in the expeditions by Vernadskiy Lyceum №1553  as a member of the group “Sociocultural psychology and anthropology” under the leadership of A.S. Obukhov in different regions of Russia and creates films in the genre of visual anthropology.




Center of Documentary Cinema

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Germany, 2015, 90 min, 16+

Annett  Ilijew

Far away from the familiar grand and picturesque images of Cuba, casual labourer and amateur cameraman Andres recorded everyday life in a working class neighbourhood of Havana over a period of 7 years. Filmmaker Ilijew smuggled piles of tapes in and out of Cuba and edited Andres’ footage into a unique, intimate and moving film that shows the reality of ordinary Cubans on the eve of change as outsiders have never seen it before.

Andres, a single father, points his small camera at his immediate surroundings: the family of his closest friend; the dissident couple next door that fights for political freedom; and at his own daughter and elderly aunt. We see the lives of these three families—marked by the daily struggle for the most basic rights and necessities against a backdrop of political indoctrination, the retreat into niche cultures, and the pursuit of small, private moments of happiness.

Annett Ilijew works as editor, director and teacher for film.
she studied filmmaking at Film University Konrad wolf in Babelsberg.






Moscow State University of Education

Vernadsky prospect 88, Concert Hall



Norway, 2015, 30 min, 8+

Léa Klaue

Gerald, Ruben, Neysa and their friends are children and adolescents who work as wheelbarrow pusher at a market and as prayer boys in a cemetery in the region of Cochabamba in Bolivia. With their own labor union – the Bolivian working children’s union UNATsBO – they will present their ideas and defend their right to work in front of the parliament, where a new legislature concerning working children is decided. To work is to grow presents some working children’s opinion about child labour, but also these children’s actual work. Work becomes a tool to empower and grow – through one’s good as well as one’s bad moments.

Léa Klaue, Swiss, born 1989 in Bern. Grew up in the southern Alpine region of Switzerland, where I enjoyed a bilingual education. Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies and in Social Anthropology at University of Basel and exchange studies in Santiago, Chile. Master of Arts in Visual Cultural Studies, Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Northern Norway, Graduated in June 2015. To work is to grow is a part of her final Master thesis and her first film.



Israil,  2015, 28 min, 12+

Efrat Berger

Yehuda, 19, was raised in a devout Hasidic family. After a period of self-doubting and inner struggles, he decides to do away with the last remaining symbol still connecting him to his religious past: he cuts off his side locks. The film follows Yehuda and his friends’ first steps into their new world, and their effort to break free from their past.

Efrat Berger, Filmmaker and Editor. A graduate of the Screen Based Arts dept. at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. Gezoindelach is her graduation project.




Indonesia, 2017, 33 min, 12+

Lise Zurne

Each year in Yogyakarta, a historical society called the Komunitas Djokjakarta 1945 re-enacts one of the battles with the Dutch colonizers in 1949. This film seeks to portray how these re-enactors construe a romanticized past in which they are able to be their own heroes.

Lise Zurné has graduated her MA in Visual Anthropology from Leiden University in December 2016 Cum Laude. Her Masterfilm follows the organization of a re-enactment of the 1949 battle between the Indonesian freedom fighters and their colonizers, the Dutch Army.




Russia, 2016, 20 min, 12+

Mariya Soboleva

The memory of ancestors is the basis of traditional culture of Russian North-West. It is contained in dream-tellings and beliefs, the funeral tradition and chants. This memory is kept by women. Stories and chants of residents of Pomor bank of White Sea create a complex image of women memory. This film is an attempt to create a visual reflection and complete audio-visual image in which the local space and people living there are represented as keepers of the memory.

Mariya Soboleva was born in1986 in St. Petersburg, were she graduated St. Peterburg Music College named after N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov (2005, piano) and St. Petersburg State Conservatory (2010, musicology). Studied at the cinema school ArtKino (2009-2010). Since 2011 lived on Solovetsky archipelago and worked at Solovetsky State museum-reserve. Since 2009 took part in ethnographic expeditions in Pomorie where she made field survey with photography and filming. She is author of several researches in the field of visual anthropology and ethnography of Russian North-West. This film is a first try to integrate author’s scientific and creative interests: film editing, social anthropology and culture of Russian North-West.





Center of Documentary Cinema

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Canada, France, 2016, 79 min, 16+

Matthew Lancit

Between film projects and following the birth of his daughter, a Canadian in Paris (Matthew Lancit) must confront his slacker lifestyle and decide if there is something in it worth passing on to the next generation, or if he is better off getting a job. In search of the remaining traces of flâneurs (19th Century wanderers of Paris), he takes his daughter on a series of poetic strolls in which he assumes the role of a contemporary flâneur and crosses the path of people who help reveal the relevance of such a figure today. In the movement back and forth between the filmed streets of Paris and scenes from the domestic life of a young father, a dialectic emerges between a baby experiencing and making sense of the world and these wandering men trying to do the same.

Matthew LANCIT is an award winning Canadian filmmaker currently based in Paris, France. His work has screened at: Union Docs, Cutlog gallery and the Anthology Film Archives in New York, the art department at UCLA, Filmhouse Cinema in Edinburgh, the Kaohsiung Film Archive in Taiwan, the Musée Dapper in Paris, and the Jerusalem Cinematheque. After leaving his advertising job as a director/producer in a New York animation studio to live in Africa, Lancit embarked on the making of his first feature length documentary, Funeral Season – which has since been chosen for preservation by the Library and Archives of Canada and selected to over 50 international festivals: Sheffield Doc/Fest, Minneapolis International Film Festival, Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, FESPACO (Festival Panafricain du Cinéma de Ouagadougou), etc. Flâneurs – Street Ramblesis Lancit’s second feature length documentary.






Lomosov Moscow State University

Mohovaya 11, Room 128.



Germany, USA, 2016, 52 min, 12+

Martin Gruber, Frank Seidel

An anthropologist and a linguist from Germany are trying to understand a ritual, taking place in a small village on the coast of Guinea, West Africa. They are told that two seemingly conflicting ceremonies take place during a four-day event commemorating a recently deceased woman: A Muslim celebration of the 40th day after death conducted by a local Imam and the Mkisaata ritual, performed by the members of a Nalu female secret society in honour of its deceased member. As the involved men explain the filmmakers their respective version of the events, the researchers get increasingly drawn into the ritual by the women of the secret society and become part of their performance. Between Islam and the Sacred Fores deals with the possibilities and impossibilities of audio-visual ethnography.

Martin Gruber works as a researcher and lecturer at the Department of Anthropology and Cultural Research at the University of Bremen. Martin studied Visual Anthropology at Goldsmiths College, London and Social Anthropology at Hamburg University. He worked as a freelance filmmaker and researcher before completing a PhD on Participatory Ethnographic Filmmaking in 2013. Martin’s research interests are audio-visual research, ethnographic film, collaborative research, urban anthropology, political ecology and human-animal relationships with a focus on bees. Martin has conducted long-term ethnographic research in West Africa, Southern Africa, Bremen and Hamburg.

Frank Seidel studied African Studies, Cultural Anthropology and Political Science at the University of Cologne, Germany. After completing his Ph.D. in 2008 and he worked as a Post-Doc and Visiting Researcher at the University of Florida from 2010 – 2015. Frank is an established fieldworker and his research methods use the full digital array currently available, namely video, audio, imagery, as well as the digital collation of various types of transcriptions. His approach to language research includes leading, training, and/or collaborating with a team of language community members to collect and manage audio-visual language material. Consequently, he now curates two digital language archives (or audio-visual corpora) of two endangered languages spoken on the coast of Guinea, West Africa.




Moscow State University of Education

Vernadsky prospect 88, Concert Hall



Italy, 2013, 50 min, 12+

Michele Trentini

In Peio, North Italy, a small remote village situated in the Alps, the primary school, a multi-age classroom of 22 pupils, was closed down by the province of Trento who had planned a modern school complex for the children of 5 villages, on the floor of the Peio Valley. Some
families, convinced that the village school led an important role for the whole community, opted for parental instruction, allowed by the Italian Constitution, launching the Scuola Peio Viva. On the ground floor of a private house, the parents and a number of voluntary teachers, provide schooling for nine children from the first to the fifth years of primary level.

Michele Trenfini is filmmaker and ethnograph. He graduated in sociology at the University of Dresden (Germany) and Trento (Italy). Since 2002 he conducts research using visual anthropological methods at the Museo degli Usi e Costumi della Gente Trentina. He has directed several documentaries including  Furriadroxus (I.S.R.E. 2005, prize for the best documentary at the festival Arcipelago in Rom 2006),  Three carnivals and a half (MUCGT 2007, Costantino Nigra – Prize in Visual Anthropology 2007), II canto scaltro (I.S.R.E. 2009, Costantino Nigra – Prize in Visual Anthropology 2009), Carnival King of Europe (MUCGT 2009, Grand Prize for Academic Film, Kyoto Academic Film Competition 2009) Small land (Trotzdem 2012, Best Documentary at Cinemambiente, Turin 2012) and Contadini di montagna (Premio Touring Club at the Trento Film Festival 2015).




Norway, 2016, 38 min, 16+

Trond Waage, Mouzamou Ahamadou

Boko Haram have spread terror and violence throughout the Lake Chad region since 2009 (Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, Chad). Material destruction are beyond imagination, many have lost loved ones and hundreds of thousands have fled their homes. An enormous, but still unknown, number of young girls and boys have been killed by Boko Haram or have disappeared.

This film tries to approach consequences of terrorism following a mother and her son over a dramatic period of 6 months (in 2015). In this period is Boko Harams violent insurgency getting closer and closer to the village Mogodé, on the Cameroon-Nigerian border, where the mother, Antionette lives. The son Vakote who lives in Oslo, Norway, tries as good he can to follow the situation back home and to support his mother.

Trond Waage is associated professor in Visual Anthropology at Uit/ Norway Arctic University. Trond has done research both in Northern Norway and Northern Cameroon since 1990ties, where he has explored the themes of youths, urbanisation, ethnicity, gender, and visual anthropology. He has been teaching Visual Anthropology at Visual Cultural Studies at Uit Tromsø/ since 2003, and has thought at several collaborative universities in West Africa: Bamako, Mali and Ngaoundere, Cameroon. He is the author of many movies, such as:
Baba Uba are mototaximan (1997), The Master said that (2002), Struggle for a living (2002), Master of Water (2015) etc.

Mouzamou Ahmadou, has his Master from Visual Cultural Studies in Tromsø, Norway. Mouzamou is currently the academic head of the master program in Visual Cultural Studies, at the University of Maroua, in Cameroon. He has over the last years been doing research on various topics concerning Northern Cameroon, Nigeria and Chad. His filmography:
One year, two plains (2105), Nomads under pressure (2010) etc.



Center of Documentary Cinema

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Argentina, 2015, 94 min, 16+

Alejandro Fernández Mouján

The year is 1896. In the dense Paraguayan jungle, a three-year-old girl of the Aché people survives the massacre of her family by white settlers. She is baptized Damiana by her captors. For Anthropologists from Argentina’s La Plata Natural History Museum, she becomes an object of scientific interest in their racial studies.

In 1907, at the age of 14, Damiana is committed to a mental institution. There, she is photographed naked two months before her death from tuberculosis. Even after her death, the studies on her body continue in La Plata and Berlin.

One hundred years later, a young Argentine anthropologist identifies part of her remains, found in storage at the museum in La Plata. Her head is found a short time later at the Hospital Charité in Berlin. Using extant photographs and anthropological records from Argentina and Germany, the film reconstructs Damiana’s story and accompanies the Aché community in their effort to recover the girl’s remains and lay her to rest at last in the land of her ancestors.

Alejandro Fernández Mouján was born in October 1952 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He began his career in the film industry in 1980 in the department of Cinematography. In 1989 he produced and directed his first documentary: Banderas de Humo.
In 2001 he founded the company Océano Films SA along with director Pablo Reyero.
Since 2006 he is Head of the Film Department at the Public Broadcaster, Channel 7. His filmography as director includes over 10 feature films and series.





Moscow State University of Education

Vernadsky prospect 88, Concert Hall



Tajikistan, 2016, 40 min, 12+

Orzumurod Sharipov, Galina Rodionova

In the big village came the news that the border to the city is open and there will be a music festival. But only girls and women are allowed to pass. With the tricks the boys go through the border and fall into the realm of women.

Orzumurod Sharipov, director, producer. Born in Dushanbe. Have graduated from Tajik State Institute of Arts in Dushanbe, Leningrad Institute of Theater, Music and Cinematography and The Department of the Direction the Advanced School of Cinema School for Director and Scriptwriters in Moscow. He has shot many films which have received prestigious international awards, such as: The spring of desires (2008), 11 000 km far from New York (2005), Live containers (2003), Sweet Home (2000), Roots (1991) and other.

Galina Rodionova, PhD in Economics, is a rural sociologist. Since 1994 she has worked in various international projects devoted to sustainable rural development. Her specialization is assessment and monitoring of rural poverty. She shot her first film “The Keepers” about Tajik and Uzbek folklore in 2007. She participated in IV and V Moscow Visual Anthropological Festival (2008, 2010). The author of twenty films devoted mainly to rural musicians in Tajikistan. The author of the site http://www.panjrud.ru/ and the channel https://www.youtube.com/user/dojraru on YouTube, where her works were published https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL291CD913F8C21C29. She created NGO “Voices of Spring” to support and develop musically gifted children and youth from rural areas (Tajikistan).



Russia, 2016, 46 min, 12+

Evgeny Aleksandrov, Elena Danilko

Krasnovishersky district of Perm Region. Northeast corner of Europe. Taiga foothills of the Northern Urals.People’s life here is determined by forest, which had always fed and given shelter to indigenous Finno-Ugric population. Since 17th century Old Believers fled to this remote taiga areas from the center of Russia. Persecution of guests and tolerance of hosts helped to live peacefully on a vast territory. The 20th century have come…

In 1930’s government exiled people here from across the country for timber works. Network of exile camps, inhuman conditions of which are described in the novel Vishera by Varlam Shalamov, covered the whole region. The camp Red Beach has left as a reminder of those times. Vankova village has a special status in the district. Closely-knit family of Old Believer priests Krechetov tries to resist to widespread destruction of traditional life. Every place and every time has its own unique history, echoes of which can be heard in the stories of the older generation … Haying time is not the best time to talk with the villagers – all are in the fields from youngsters to elders … Except our interlocutors … What are their memories of the remote past? How they respond to their current life? How they live now? What they believe in and what expect?

Evgeny Alexandrov, Doctor of Fine Arts, PhD, The Earth Science Museum at Lomonosov Moscow State University, director of the Moscow International Festival for Visual Anthropology Mediating Camera (2002-2012). Filmography: Desert, my desert …(1998), To help Theodor (2000), Years in a hand (2005),  Filimonthology. In memory of Leonid Filimonov (2008), The Arrow of Seven Flames (2009) and many others.

Elena Danilko, Doctor of History, Leading research assistant the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology of Russian Academy of Science. Executive director of the Moscow International Festival for Visual Anthropology Mediating Camera (2008-2017). Filmography: Bashkir horse koumiss (2003), Uchuk (2005), Years in a hand (2006) and ect.



Russia, 2016, 30 min, 12+

Alexey Obukhov

The basis of a plot was formed by the ceremonial actions accompanying worship of Christ’s statue – Hristo Negro – Good Friday. The authors concentrated on culmination points: sacred procession, lapidation of the Jews, Christ’s capture. Catholic and shaman traditions of indigenous people – Kora and Huichol, living in the village of Uaynamoto and its vicinities, were weaved in fancy unity and at the moment represent extremely interesting carnival complex which uniqueness creators tried to transmit through inclusion of the viewer in observation of action “from within”.

Alexey Obukhov, Ph.D., Professor of Psychological Anthropology Department of Moscow State University of Education, Head of the research specialization “Sociocultural Psychology and Anthropology” in Lyceum No. 1553 named V.I. Vernadsky, since 1995 he leads  the research expeditions where he studies the traditional cultures in various regions of Russian Federation and other countries, since 2007 the visual anthropological films have become one of the forms which presenting the results of expeditionary group work of schoolchildren and students. Hi is editor of many films: Heritage (2016), Kenozerye: Past, Present, Future (2014), Teia: from Bottom to Top (2012) and etc.




Center of Documentary Cinema

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France, 2015, 63 min, 16+

Edouard Mills-Affif

A tragedy is playing out in a village in the Nile Delta. Heba loves Ahmed, to whom she has been engaged for three years. But one day, she finds herself betrothed to a stranger. Her uncle, who lives in France, returns and tries to intervene, violently slamming into a brick wall of tradition, family ambitions, rigid social conventions and a general air of resignation. Filmed in 2013 while Egypt was led by the Muslim Brotherhood, The Bride of the Nile is a direct and wrenching descent into a personal tragedy experienced by so many young women today. Taking a stripped-down approach that proves to be both discreet and omniscient, both thoughtful and spontaneous, Edouard Mills-Affif reveals, behind the family drama, the deep confusion of an Egypt in crisis.


Edouard Mills-Affif is a 48-year-old documentary maker; he has directed about fifteen films, among which: Bassin Miné (2012), Nouvelle Vague (2013), Ya Mamma (2009) etc.






Center of Documentary Cinema

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Italy, 2016, 90 min, 16+

Mauro Bucci

Hotel Splendid is an intimate account of a community of migrants from African who are living in a reception center for asylum seekers. It is a glimpse into the experiences of an Italian hotel turned into a camp for refugees. The film recounts the migrants’ dramatic voyage to Europe and the itinerary they must follow upon their entrance in the refuge until the evaluation procedure is over.

Mauro Bucci is a 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.



Czech Republic, 2016, 32 min, 16+

Michal Pavlásek, Ivo Bystřičan

The mass is a distillation of human evolution, a parable about the treatment of substance, an image of the control over bodies that are hanged on the world’s tissue, or else disgorged from the ocean mass onto dry land, which is interwoven with bodies and the movement of hunters, gatherers, and vagabonds. Our observation of the various forms of abstracted masses, which we become part of at the same time, creates a platform of eternal presence – an active void if you will, which revolves in a closed circle, as though it had neither beginning nor end. What is left is just the stark presence of the traces of bared lives.

Michal Pavlásek is social anthropologist, university teacher, freelance journalist and documentarist, Turkish coffee lover, researcher at the Institute of Ethnology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Co-founder of Anthropictures – flexible association of social scientists providing independent field research. In his research focuses on migration and multuculturalism. He is author of movies Searching for the Exit (2016), Another Vojvodovo: thinking in pictures (2013), Time Bows Beneath the Burden of the Grapes. The Past, Czechs and Germans in the Serbian Banat (2012).

Ivo Bystřičan is documentary filmmaker, story-editor and screenwriter. He directed several feature documentary films like Copper Age (2010), My Last 150 000 Cigarettes (2013), Byeway (2014), Mr. Chytil´s Crime (2014), Middle Dusk (2015) and many others. He graduated from sociology at Masaryk University in Brno and documentary filmmaking at FAMU in Prague.



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