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Audiovisual programme (AV01)

Convenor: Joan Roura-Expósito (Incipit, CSIC), Bibiana Martínez Alvarez (Universitat de Barcelona), Carlos Diz Reboredo (Universidade da Coruña), Paula Ballesteros-Arias (Incipit, CSIC).  

This panel shows a wide variety of audiovisual works related to the SIEF2019 conference theme. The convenor board has selected a diversity of ethnographic films, sound documents, and anthropological narratives that shows how the shifts, turns and track changes are altering the traditional ethnographic subjects and approaches. These different forms of audiovisual ethnography will be displayed in two spaces throughout the congress: an exhibition room (the aula magna of the Faculty of Economics), and the well-known market of Abastos at the center of Santiago. Each film will have 5 minutes of initial presentation by the authors and a subsequent debate on its contents of at least 10 minutes. The film programme is structured according to the following issues: Memory and Experience, Recording Transitions, Local Knowledge, Music and heritage, Multispecies relationships, Identities in transformation, Urban Poetics, Forced Migrations, Body and intimacy, Experimental Narratives and Wine Culture.

Film screenings at the Salon de Graos, Facultade de Ciencias Económicas e Empresariais, Campus Norte


09:00-10:45, Memory and Experience

Five Lives (65 min). Jaroslava Panakova (Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences). Death is not the end. I can see it from here though. This film is an essay on the phenomenon of "return" and potential transformation of death through the re-creation of the ancestors. It poses the universal question: How do you confront your own end?

Memory is not About the Past (19 min). Anne Chahine (Aarhus University) This short documentary "Memory is Not About the Past" aims to understand how former East Germany is remembered in accordance with the general national historic discourse today. The film focuses on members of the Third Generation East, meaning individuals born in the GDR between 1975 and 1985, who experienced the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 as a child or young adolescent.

11:15-13:00, Recording Transition

Long-term visual ethnography in a Bosnian village: Tracking spatial, material and emotional dimensions through time (62 min). Manca Filak (Institute of Slovenian Ethnology) Žiga Gorišek. Ethnographic film Lukomir, my home is a visual ethnography of a high mountain village in Bosnia made from 2014 to 2017. The film shows different spatial and material dimensions of their movement, as well as the relationship to the life-style that is slowly disappearing.

Prithvi Highway, 96,2 km (15 min). Kadriann Kibus (Tallinn University) A day in the life of a Gurung family living by the Prithvi Highway, Nepal. The roadside is increasingly populated and the natural living environment interrupted by heavy vehicle flow. It is life at the intersection of tradition and transition.

13:30-14:45 Local knowledge

Yuyos: plants reflecting a changing community in Paraguay (75 min). Michal Krawczyk and Giulia Lepori (Griffith University). "Yuyos are all spontaneous plants that can be medicinal or simple herbs. There are yuyos that can be toxic and other that are beneficial for health." In Colonia Luz Bella, Paraguay, two researchers live with the peasant family Franco Gauto to document their ethnobotanical knowledge in relation to their daily life. Nowadays, as deforestation devours much of the Paraguayan territory to make room for industrial monocultures, genetically modified plants are substituting the endemic ones and changing the naturalcultural landscape of the country.

16:30-18.45, Urban Poetics

The Order I Live In. An indoor urban symphony (60 min) Jorge Moreno Andrés and Francisco Cruces Villalobos (UNED). Madrid, México, Montevideo: the most important events in our cities are happening at home. In this visual ethnography on contemporary living, twenty dwellers introduce us to the spaces they live in, the stuff they love and other little things that give meaning to ordinary life.



09:00-10:45 Identities in transformation

Through the land of the Veps: 50 years later (54 min) Indrek Jääts (Estonian National Museum) This is a documentary film about the Veps living in the north-western Russia, about their identity and language. It is based on academic research focusing on the Soviet nationalities policy and the Veps ethnic identity in the late 20th century.

Khozyain (40 min) Mircea Sorin Albutiu The tough life of Cossack Vasile Serghevici Serbov, who lives among the 40 remaining Lipovan Russians in the desolate village Sfiştofca in the Danube Delta. Vasile is 54 years old and lives in a small community of Lipovan Russians in Sfiştofca, a village in the Danube Delta. The future looks bleak. It is possible that in the next 30 years the village Sfiştofca could disappear completely.

11:15-13:00, Gender in the center

Spirits of the three peaks (54 min). Ksenia Pimenova (Fonds de la recherche scientifique - Université Libre de Bruxelles) In a village of the Republic of Tuva (Siberia, Russia) three women manage the religious organization of shamans "The Three Peaks". The documentary is centered on the main female character and exemplifies the multi-level transformations of post-Soviet Tuvan shamanism.

Research / Souvenir (20 min) Roger Horn (University of Cape Town) "Research/Souvenir (Dialogues)", utilizes found footage from Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and audio from Zimbabwe and South Africa among Zimbabwean migrant women. Horn's souvenirs are discussed revealing reasons for the ongoing Zimbabwean exodus and leads up to the removal of President Robert Mugabe.

13:30-14:45, Multispecies relationships

450 Kilos of Dreams (70 min). Barbara Bossak-Herbst (University of Warsaw) "450 Kilos of Dreams" introduces into social world within historic Horse Racetrack Służewiec in Warsaw. Beyond hippodrome, stables for 600 horses and estate for its workers are now endangered by urban development. Regardless of this life is determined here by the annual rhythm of horses training.

16:30-18.45, Music and heritage

The Flight of the Condor: A Letter, a Song and the Story of Intangible Cultural Heritage (30 min). Valdimar Tr. Hafstein (University of Iceland), Áslaug Einarsdóttir (Stelpur rokka!) Tracking the global circulation of the melody "El Condor Pasa" from the Andes to the metropolis; from Lima to Paris to New York; from panpipes to piano to disco; and from world music back to national heritage, the film unpacks the global/local dialectic and studies paradoxes of heritage protection.

Past Songs Present Voices (17 min). Andrej Kocan This AV work uses songs of local communities around the world and incorporates western music thus contrasting local communities versus modern societies. The presentation intends to evoke in the audience awareness of and reflection on fast transformations in the world helping for a spiritual journey.



09:00-10:45 Forced Migrations

The Mass - Moving through things (31 min). Michal Pavlásek (The Institute of Ethnology of the Czech Academy of Sciences). In movie/visual essay "The Mass" we followed up people on the move and social life and trajectory of life vests on so called Balkan migratory route. Through this parable of phenomenon of "migration crisis" we tried to exposed how are things included and interrelated with human bodies.

You are here (15 min). Ignacio Fradejas-García (Autonomous University of Barcelona) This film is the first-hand result of a trip following the so called 'refugee crisis' in 2015 from the Syrian-Turkish border till Germany. The anthropological lens provides here an experiential and prospective approach to the people on the move.

11:15-13:00 Age, body and intimacy

On her body (70 min). Edurne Urrestarazu Garcia This proposed documentary is a corporeal itinerary that follows Esther's, a 89 year old Spanish woman's, body practices. In 2013 she lost the sight from the right eye caused by a cataract operation, and since then her body changed. It is the aim of the film to redefine the concept of the body by showing the different intertwined spheres that it goes through, as well as to show a case of an elderly person being taken care.

16:30-18.45 Experimental Narratives

Transmutação (21 min). João Meirinhos (Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology). Video art & experimental music. Through a composition produced by the experimentalist musician “André André”, accompanied by video, we will be able to identify the key moments of the creative process during sound pickup and the different “cadences” of each instrument of textile production.

Fire for Girls (20 min). Harsha Menon (Tufts University) Fire for Girls is an experimental documentary set at the Saraswati Soni Akhila Bharatiya Ashram in Dehradun, North India. Founded in the 1930's by Saraswati Soni, a female Indian Independence freedom fighter, the ashram provides refuge for girls and widows. This observational piece focuses on the sounds of the daily morning fire ceremony, a Sanskrit ritual from 1800 BCE that is still performed for empowerment and peace.

Land of Forges and Fire: Merthyr Tydfil in the 1800s (6 min). Sanna Wicks (Coventry University) A short film focusing on French and German travellers to the Welsh industrial town of Merthyr Tydfil in the mid-nineteenth century and their descriptions of the town.

Sonic Markers in Santiago de Cuba (25 min). Carlo Cubero (Tallinn University), Pablo D. Herrera Veitia (University of St. Andrews) Soundwork. Spring 2018 - Santiago de Cuba. This sonic ethnography is a rendering of specific spatio-temporal "marks" of the city. The result is a sonic collage that invites the listener to assume a reflective stance and associate connections between sound, space, and time.


Film screenings at Other venues

TUESDAY 16 APRIL at Nave 5, Mercado de Abastos

20.00 Wine Culture

Albariño Rías Baixas: from tradition to the world (93 min). Pablo Alonso González (Incipit - CSIC) The Albariño Rías Baixas wine is today a global reference. This documentary shows the shift from a minority consumption and traditional elaboration, until takeoff, industrialization and standardization, and the conflicts emerging in the process.