Ciné Ethnographie

"Ciné Ethnographie" ist ein Forum zur diskursiven Auseinandersetzung mit ethnographischen Filmen in Halle/Saale

„Two at the Border“ – in presence of the directors! 25 November 2015

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Media and the Ethics in Times of Crisis – Approaches from Film Studies, Photography and Ethnology: This series organized by Ciné-Ethnographie team and supported by the Max-Planck-Institute for Social Anthropology and the Department Musicology, Institute for Music, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg shows three documentaries which approach ethical questions about how the medial representation of crisis situations takes shape within the wider discourse on crises in Europe. Greece and the financial crisis, Syria and refugees, Islam and the European Union – these topics were taken up by popular media and are actively shaping notions of inclusion, exclusion and a Europe in Crisis. Apart from the popular discourse, how do anthropologists and film makers alternatively approach, process and visualise such topics? In the last session of this series we show the award-winning documentary “Two at the Border”. After the screening, there will be room for questions on the project and a general discussion with the filmmakers.

18:00–19:30 „Two at the Border“ (2013),

Tuna Kaptan & Felicitas Sonvilla 30 min
Venue: Max-Planck-Institute for Social Anthropology,

Main Seminar Room,

Advokatenweg 36, Halle/Saale

Ali and Naser are two young Arabs, a Syrian and a Palestinian, respectively. Based in the Turkish city of Edirne, they help refugees cross the border into Greece. Recently, most of these refugees have been from Ali’s native Syria, mostly men who are trapped between a government army that makes them shoot civilians and rebel groups that hunt down the soldiers. European authorities are working hard to patrol the border, part of which runs along a river. And because more and more manpower and means are being employed to stop the flow of refugees, this human trafficking is growing more dangerous and complicated each day. Filmmakers Tuna Kaptan and Felicitas Sonvilla follow the two men from close up as they hang around their apartment, smoke, chat about their families at home (where they might just return one day), and prepare their missions to get their clients out of Turkey. The camera also accompanies them on a trip to the border. Ultimately, it all looks pretty abysmal for both the men and their clients alike, as far fewer of these refugees are making it into Greece.

Media and the Ethics in Southeast Europe in Times of Crisis – Approaches from Photography, Media and Film Studies, International Symposium Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, 28. October 2015

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The recent socio-economic crisis in Greece, as well as the social movements in Macedonia, Serbia, Albania and in the Ukraine have attracted media in an unprecedented way. While many investigative reporters and journalists, as well as film directors of mainstream media have searched for their own profit in covering these movements, others have assumed a much more self-reflective stance, reflecting about the film and the photo camera as opinion-generating weapons. What are the ethical limits of what can be shown on the TV screen? What are the intimacies, emotionalities engaged in times of crisis and how can we respect the human dignity of the actors involved in them? How can media sensibilize the public and the civil society for the human dimension of crisis? How can media take an experimental stance in approaching crisis-scapes and how can this provide new impulses to everyday media coverage and to scientific research on Southeast Europe? Photographers who have stood on the frontline of the conflict in the Eastern Ukraine, a social activist filmmaker from Greece and a Slovenian anthropologist who has both analyzed and lived subversivity in the (Post)communist Yugoslav space, discuss about the possible connecting points of crisis situations from their own professional experiences, providing us – in connection with a screening of their selected works – with an insight of how to medialize adequately situations of rupture and new beginnings.
Die soziale und ökonomische Krise in Griechenland, die zivilgesellschaftlichen Bewegungen in Makedonien, in Serbien, Albanien und der Ukraine und jüngst die Flüchtlingskrise haben ein unvorhersehbares Medienecho ausgelöst. Reporter, Journalisten, Regisseure und Fotografen der Mainstream Medien haben über die Ereignisse berichtet – oft mit voyeuristischen oder profitorientierten Perspektiven. Andere Fotografen und Regisseure hingegen berichteten selbstreflexiv über diese Ereignisse und hinterfragten selbstkritisch Film und Fotografie als meinungsbildende und manipulative Medien. Die Konferenz versucht diese kritischen und reflexiven Stimmen einzufangen und sie in einen Dialog zu bringen. Wo liegen die ethische Grenzen der medialen Berichterstattung? Welche Gefühlswelten und welche Intimsphären werden in Krisenzeiten berührt und wie können wir die menschliche Dignität der Menschen in Krisenzeiten wahren? Inwieweit können Medien die Öffentlichkeit und die Zivilgesellschaft für die menschliche Dimension von Krisensituationen sensibilisieren? Welche experimentellen Zugänge können Medienmacher finden um sich mit Krisen auseinanderzusetzen? Welche neuen Impulse braucht die Berichterstattung über/aus Südosteuropa und inwieweit kann diese in einen Dialog mit der Wissenschaft eintreten? Ein Fotograf, der von der ostukrainischen Front berichtet, ein griechischer Aktivist und Filmemacher und ein slowenischer Anthropologe, der Subversivität im (post)jugoslawischen Raum sowohl durchlebt als auch erforscht hat, treten in einen Dialog ein und erkunden mögliche Verbindungspunkte zwischen Krisensituationen, und individuellen Erfahrungen und ermöglichen uns praktische Einblicke in die Problematik der Medialisierung von Krisensituationen, Brüchen und Neuanfängen (Eckehard Pistrick)
Venue: MMZ (Mitteldeutsches Multimediazentrum), Studio, Mansfelder Str. 56, Halle/Saale

Leitung/Organisation: Prof. Dr. Angela Richter, Dr. Eckehard Pistrick, Tijana Maticevic M.A.

9:00-9:30 Eröffnung/Opening

Prof. Dr. Angela Richter,
Head of the Halle branch of the Southeast Europe Association

PD Dr. Susanne Vollberg

current director of the Media and Communications Department, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hirschmann,
Institute for Music, Dept. Musicology, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

Dr. Eckehard Pistrick,
Institute for Music, Dept. Musicology, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

Tijana Matijević MA,
Institute for Slavic Studies, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
9:30-10:15 Keynote „Subversiveness of Alternatives and Destructiveness of Power in Yugoslav Socialist and Post-Socialist Space“
Prof. Dr. Rajko Mursić (Universität Ljubljana), Slovenia

10:15-10:30 Discussion

10:30-10:45 Coffee break

10:45-11:15 „Being an embedded War photographer in the Eastern Ukraine – Ethical Limits of a profession“ Florian Bachmeier, photographer, n-Ost Network for Reporting on Eastern Europe, Schliersee

11:15-11:30 Discussion

11:30-12:00 „SPIEGEL-Photographer Knut Mueller: Pictures of War and Crisis in Southeast Europe. Kosovo, Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia, Albania, Romania“
Knut Mueller, photographer, Halle

12:00-12:15 Discussion

12:15-13:30 Lunch break

13:30-14:05 Screening of „Future Suspended“ (2014), Dimitris Dalakoglou 35 min
14:05-14:30 „The Crisis-scapes of Athens-Towards an Engaged Anthropology of the Greek Crisis“ Dr Dimitris Dalakoglou, filmmaker and professor in anthropology, VU University, Amsterdam, Netherlands

14:30-15:45 Screening of „Recycling Medea“ (2013) Asteris Kutulas 75 min
15:45-16:15 „Medea and the Crisis – Critical Remarks“ Asteris Kutulas, music producer, filmmaker, journalist, Berlin

16:15-16:30 Discussion

16:30-17:00 Coffee break

17:00-17:30 „Ethical Efficacy and the Cinema Fist: Reflections on the Ethics of Using Visual Media in a Study of Spirit Possession among Muslim Refugees in Denmark“
Ass.Prof. Christian Suhr, filmmaker and anthropologist, School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, Denmark

17:30-17:45 Discussion

17:45-18:15 round table discussion of all active participants „How to portray crisis in media?“

19:00-21:00 Screening and discussion of „Descending with Angels“ (2013) 75 min. in presence of the director Christian Suhr

21:00 Dinner (individual)
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Keynote Abstract

Rajko Muršič
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts
Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology

Subversiveness of Alternatives and Destructiveness of Power in Yugoslav Socialist and Post-Socialist Space

Speaking of specificities of Yugoslav Socialism and Post-socialism, there are three kinds of power and alternatives worth examination: power of the state apparatus, power of media, and power of the people, resisting both, before the break of socialism and after. During socialism, and after, then main weapon of the ordinary people was symbolic. Symbolic wars created the platform for the critical examination of the present, with rather utopian perspectives for the future. These wars were later, in 1991, transformed into it absolute negation, real wars, defined, again symbolically, as ethnic wars. After the periods of real wars and conflicts, the new era begun, lead by neoliberal reforms, of covered media wars: privatization of media, its control by existing political powers, and at the same time, the development of new social media brought into the fore the best, and the worst, from initial symbolic wars: we have a situation when the ordinary people entered the public arena, which is now fulfilled with openly fascist, racist and xenophobic reactions, as well as revolutionary and openly antifascist.
The author will present some examples from Slovenian perspective on long-term social transformation of Yugoslavian spaces of resistance: youth clubs and music venues, alternative media, especially radio, examples of symbolic struggles in underground music, and examples of music used in protests.
His main point is that it is impossible to expect progressive attitudes among the ordinary people, the commons, or subaltern masses, as well as that there is no need to see the state power as the only source of oppression. Liberal market may be many times even more oppressive than the state apparatuses. They may sometimes provide the basic ground for normalization of everyday life, which is, paradoxically, the common aspiration of both the suppressed, and their masters.
Resistance to oppression in its manifold forms: state power, conservatism, moral, market forces and capital, is inevitable. The most important are places where people can socialise and creatively express their position. In Slovenia, there is a network of independent music venues and youth centres, which are resisting with very open-minded approach. They were in front line of protests, refugee activism, and in spreading antifascist ideas. The author will present some squats, recently established venues, and decades long struggles of some „liberated territories“ for space, socializing and better world in general.

Alto do Minho (Miguel Filgueiras) – Screening in Presence of director 2 June 2014!

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2 June 2014 18:30
MLU Dept. für Medien und Kommunikation, im MMZ, Raum 221 Studio; Mansfelder Str. 56

Miguel Filgueiras PORTUGAL „Alto do Minho“ (2012)

Screening in presence of the director

Round Table „How to screen heritage?“:
Dr. Felix Girke, Center for Interdisciplinary Area Studies (ZIRS)
Dr. Eckehard Pistrick, Dept. Musicology
Dr. Carsten Wergin, Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology

In collaboration with

Bild Travelling GIEFF

and Center for Interdisciplinary Regional Studies (ZIRS),

Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg


This spellbinding film dispenses with not only dialogue but also most other conventions of documentary filmmaking to achieve an evocative portrait of the daily life and festivities in the Alto de Minho mountains of northern Portugal. Director Miguel Filgueiras, an artist from the area, has created an extended, almost surreal montage of the region’s cultural heritage. The beauty and power of his imagery combine with the uniqueness of his approach to make Alto do Minho an original tour de force.

3 Raparigas

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Lurujarri Dreaming Trailer. Screening 5 May 2014 in Ciné-Ethnographie

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Ciné-Ethnography Summer Series 2014: Screening Heritage

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5 May 2014 18:30
Martin Luther University, Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Reichardtstraße 11

Bernadette Trench-Thiedeman AUSTRALIA „Lurujarri Dreaming“ (2013)

Winner „Best Indigenous Film“ Heart of Gold International Film Festival 2013

presented by Dr. Carsten Wergin, Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology


Lurujarri Dreaming tells the stories of the Goolarabooloo community of Western Australia, and their connection to sacred country. Travel along the Lurujarri Dreaming Trail that follows the Songcycle north from Broome, through Dreamtime and history. Along the way hear stories told by elders, children, women and men about their vision for reconciliation and caring for Country. Featuring a sublime musical score by Deadly Award winning Kimberely musicians Alan and Stephen Pigram, Lurujarri Dreaming tells the stories of a people and a place that are currently threatened by massive industrialisation.


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Week of Audiovisual Anthropology 12-14 November 2013

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Week of Audiovisual Anthropology 12.-14.11.2013

Within the framework of Ciné-Ethnographie

with Lorenzo Ferrarini, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Manchester


Prof. Dr. Nicola Scaldaferri, Laboratorio di Etnomusicologia e Antropologia Visuale, Università degli Studi di Milano

Organizer and Venue:

Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

Institut für Musik, Abt. Musikwissenschaft,

Kl. Marktstr.7, 06108 Halle


Dr. Eckehard Pistrick


Issues in filming in the first person among the donso hunters of Burkina Faso (Lorenzo Ferrarini) Tuesday 16:00-18:00 Room 471

Preview Screening of „Kalanda – Learning to Hunt among the Donso of Burkina Faso“ (2013) (director: Lorenzo Ferrarini) Tuesday 18:00-19:30 Room 471

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The Impact of audiovisual media on musical and social change in Arberesh villages of Southern Italy – Insider Perspectives (Nicola Scaldaferri)

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(in collaboration with DAFG-Deutsch-Albanische Freundschaftsgesellschaft e.V.) Wednesday 12:00-14:00 Room 461

Combining visual and aural methodologies: The Mirkovic Family Project in Serbia and the audiovisual Opera „The Samaritans“ (by Yuval Avital) (Nicola Scaldaferri/Lorenzo Ferrarini) Wednesday 14:00-16:00 Room 461

From Basilicata to Ghana: Filming and Recording with Steven Feld (Nicola Scaldaferri/Lorenzo Ferrarini) with book presentation „Santi, Animali, Suoni: Feste dei campanacci a Tricarico e San Mauro Forte“, Nota 2005; „Due Ritratti dal Ghana“, Squilibri 2013 and „I suoni dell’Albero. Il Maggio di S. Giuliano ad Accettura“, Nota 2012 Thursday 16:00-18:00 Room 471


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Rosia Montana – Dorf am Abgrund – Ein Film von und mit Fabian Daub am 12.6.2013 im Institut für Ethnologie, Halle

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Film: „Roșia Montană. Dorf am Abgrund“ (93 minutes)



Three exclusive film screenings on the ethics in times of crisis: in presence of Christian Suhr, Dimitris Dalakoglou and Asteris Kutulas

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Three exclusive film screenings on the ethics in times of crisis:

in presence of Christian Suhr, Dimitris Dalakoglou and Asteris Kutulas

Symposium 28 October 2015


„Future suspended“ (2014) (United Kingdom/Greece) 35′
directed by the crisis-scape research team

German Premiere in presence of the director Dimitris Dalakoglou

What impact does a global financial crisis have on everyday life in the city? Crisis-Scape’s final 35′ documentary film traces the multiple transformations of crisis-ridden Athenian public space and those who traverse it.
Future Suspended is divided in three sections. “Privatised” explores the legacy of mass privatisation projects that preceded the 2004 Olympics, placing them in the context of present day privatisation schemes. “Devalued” gazes at the ever-shrinking spaces of migrants in the city and the devaluation of their lives that comes as a result. “Militarised” shows how, in face of the crisis, this devaluation turns into a generalised condition. Through its cinematic traversal of today’s Athens, „Future Suspended“ traces the rise of the authoritarian-financial complex and how this shrinks public space in the city, fuelling social despair and anger in return. Future Suspended is part of the research project at
The research team consists of Christos Filippidis, Antonis Vradis, Dimitris Dalakoglou, Ross Domoney and Jaya Klara Brekke. All music for Future Suspended was composed by Giorgos Triantafyllou.

Recycling Medea (2013) (Germany) 73′
Halle Premiere in presence of the director Asteris Kutulas

Not just a music film. Not just a ballet film. Not just a political film essay. Here, an antique Greek tragedy serves as an astute metaphor for Greece’s and Europe’s current tragedy. Medea kills her own children. Society has turned against its offspring and thus ending their future.
The balletic retelling of a mother murdering her two kids, choreographed by Renato Zanella, is based on Euripides’ play and features music by Mikis Theodorakis. Script, sound and dance join forces in a powerful film that reflects the desperation of a society that spent all of yesterday turning its children into today’s lost generation.
The film begins with the first bars of Theodorakis’ music and ends with the final notes of his work, framing the occasional spoken word. Six solo dancers – among them the extraordinary Maria Kousouni as Medea – appear in expressive close-ups, lyrical dance scenes, revelatory moments in rehearsals; a blend of traditional ballet and modern expressionist dance, interlaced with images of masked teenagers rebelling and the heavily armored, incensed police. Protagonists from a different, merciless realm that has taken over our everyday reality.
These protagonists are flanked and contrasted by the disturbingly mild-mannered 15-year-old Bella, the story’s Innocence incarnate, who is destroyed by the hand of a hostile and selfish world. Against this background, she seems almost unreal; a fictitious character. On the other hand, certainly not fiction, are the words of Anne Frank’s, hidden away in her Amsterdam hideout and filling the pages of her diary. They contribute to Bella’s sense of isolation and provide her „voice“ and thoughts.
Medea, Jason, Bella and Anne Frank, composer and protestor-extraordinaire, Theodorakis, the choreographer Renato Zanella, the cameraman, the dancers and the rebelling, hooded teenagers hurtling stones at advancing police – they all become (in)voluntary actors in this complex tragedy spanning the ages.

„Descending with Angels“(2013) 80′ (Denmark)
Halle Premiere in presence of the director Christian Suhr

Muslim exorcism or psychiatric medication? ‚Descending with Angels‘ is a research-based, Danish film, which presents us with two highly different solutions to the same problem: namely Muslim Danes who are ‚possessed by evil spirits‘, called ‚jinn‘. In Århus, a local imam has specialised in exorcising demons, and we are present at one of the dramatic sessions. At the same time, he tries to urge the Århus immigrant community to take a calm attitude to magic and spirits, as it is only with God’s permission that something bad can happen to you. In the meantime, a professional psychiatrist tries to chart the phenomenon from a scientific perspective. The film is devoid of music and other dramatic effects and sticks to a sober style, which lucidly examines a complex and, until now, relatively unknown phenomenon in a psychological, anthropological and religious nature from two paradigms. Nonetheless, they have one thing in common: namely the idea that being healed is a consequence of submitting to an outside force, be it either God or biomedicine.