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Program 2019



Cinema Modena, viale San Francesco d’Assisi, 6 – Trento


Sunday 28th April

2.30 pm
WHAT REMAINS – AN OBITUARY ON WILHELMINE AND BERNARD, by Judith Schein, Germany, 2017, 38 min
German International Ethnographic Film Festival (GIEFF) 2018, Koblenz | Manfred Krüger Award
The director’s grandparents Wilhelmine, an Austrian Catholic, and Bernard, a Jewish Czechoslovakian communist, have always been part of her life, although she never met them in person. Her uncle Hermann lives in what was once their house, with their furniture, Marx and Lenin busts, Hanukkah lamp, countless photos, letters and oil paintings. Through the film Judith Schein asks whether it is possible for a house and its interiors to narrate History.

JE VOIS ROUGE, by Bojina Panayotova, France, 2018, 84 min
Jean Rouch Film Festival 2018, Paris | Monde en regards Prize
After twenty-five years spent in France, I return to Bulgaria, camera in hand, with a vertiginous suspicion: what if my family had collaborated with the political police of the communist regime? And what if they were part of the « red trash » that the demonstrators on the street want to see disappear? I decide to investigate and to film, constantly, ready for anything. My adventure turns into a tragic comic odyssey, a mix of an espionage and a home movie.

5.00 pm
REMAKE OF A SUMMER, by Magali Bragard and Séverine Enjolras, France, 2017, 96 min
Ethnocineca 2018, Vienna | Excellence in Visual Anthropology Award
One summertime, in Paris and its suburbs, two young female filmmakers attempt a remake of Chronicle of a Summer, fifty years after the cult film by Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin was screened. Through their protagonists, who discuss the intimate and the political, a portrait of French society mirroring that of the sixties emerges. Remake of a Summer plays with a new cinematographic method: the remake of documentaries.

7.15 pm
BETWEEN US, by Maciej Miller, Poland, 2017, 30 min
Ethnocineca 2018, Vienna | Student Shorts Award
A young couple in their 20s are expecting a child but don’t know if they will cope. Faced with unexpected pressures and emotions they decide to separate and give the child up for adoption. They do not make this decision easily, with only two months remaining until the baby is due. The situation they find themselves in leads to conversations and experiences, that will have a lasting impact upon the rest of their lives.

CAISĂ, by Alexandru Mavrodineanu, Romania, 2018, 81 min
Astra Film Festival 2018, Sibiu | Best Documentary in the Romanian Competition
In a run-down training hall on the outskirts of Bucharest, a veteran boxing coach works to mold the next junior boxing champions out of underprivileged children. The film deftly unearths the emotional and personal costs of pursuing boxing when performance is achieved despite the harsh realities of life outside of the gym, through tough Spartan discipline. A story emblematic for the region, Caisă is a film about resilience in an environment that continuously fails to support you.

9.30 pm
WHEN THE WAR COMES, by Jan Gebert, Czech Republic/Croatia, 2018, 76 min
Festival dei Popoli 2018, Firenze | Premio Gian Paolo Paoli per il Miglior Film Antropologico
At first glance Peter lives the life of a typical European teenager – he lives with his parents, has a pretty girlfriend, he got into college. However, his real life is elsewhere – as the head of a paramilitary group called Slovenskí Branci that recruits hundreds of Slovak teenagers with the silent approval of the authorities. The group’s goal is simple – to prepare for war time and create a model community based on military drill, obedience and fear. Peter dreams that one day he will be able to convince the entire society – as a great politician.


 Monday 29th April

3.00 pm
NANI, by  Roman Stocker, Switzerland, 2017, 38 min
German International Ethnographic Film Festival (GIEFF) 2018, Koblenz | Manfred Krüger Award
The filmmaker’s 89 year old grandmother finds time – after her husband dies – to look back on her life and deliver her thoughts about ageing and dying. The film was shot during the course of one year, showing an intimate portrait about the process Nani is going through after the death of her husband, the chores of her everyday routine living now alone and her reflections about being near at the border between life and death.

ANNIVERSARY, by Claudiu Mitcu, Romania, 2017, 54 min
Astra Film Festival 2018, Sibiu | Award for Best Director
Ioan Colţea, who is turning 91, lives in a quiet village in the mountains. Surrounded by his extended family, always serene and detached, he is now looking at his kids, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, with kindness, warmth and resignation in his eyes. The family gets together for an entire week not only to celebrate grandpa, but also to agree on building him a new grave and cross, all under Ioan Colţea’s strict observation.

5.00 pm
THE LAKE, by Daria Blokhina, Russia, 2017, 30 min
Ethnocineca 2018, Vienna | International Shorts Award
The Filippovy family live north in Russia, far away from modern civilization. They live in strong connection with their surrounding nature, a way of life that demands hard work and dedication.

ALIMA, by Loukas Koubouris and Nickolas Papadimitriou¸ Greece, 2017, 30 min
Nordic Anthropological Film Association (NAFA) Film Festival 2018, Cluj (Romania) | Featured
Over the centuries, local communities around the Messolonghi lagoon in Greece have developed a variety of fishing techniques to support their livelihoods. One of them is the creation of natural fish farms (ivaria), still based on traditional knowledge, by using barrier traps to capture fish during their migration to the open sea. The film observes the daily routine of the fishermen working and living in one ivari as it takes place in the fishing period from spring to winter.

I WATCHED THE WHITE DOGS OF THE DAWN, by Els Dietvorst, Belgium, 2018, 52 min
Jean Rouch Film Festival 2018, Paris | Prix Anthropologie et développement durable
In Kilmore Quay, the perspective of the fish is the only one that matters. Generations of fishermen caught lobsters, oysters, and cod there. They believed that their work was a kind of prayer and only caught enough to survive, to spare the sea. Times were good. There was plenty of money and plenty of work – until the European fisheries quotas arrived on their shores.

7.30 pm
PASSAGER, by Arjang Omrani and Asif Rezaei, Greece, 2018, 64 min
Tartu World Film Festival 2018, Tartu (Estonia) | Featured
Asif, an Afghan refugee with an eyesight deficiency, has tried several times to find his way to Western Europe from Greece. The film is composed of his 8-month mobile phone video diaries, in which he talks about the everyday life at the camps, as well as his dreams of a better life. He takes us to a tour of the spaces he hides in, including an abandoned wood factory, where refugees find shelter while waiting for their chance to hide under a truck that crosses the Adriatic to Italy.

9.00 pm
ERA DOMANI, by Alexandra D’Onofrio, Italy/Great Britain, 2017, 54 min
Athens Ethnographic Film Festival 2018 | Featured
Our life stories are constantly being redefined in the incessant dialogue between our lived reality and upcoming decisions. Alexandra D’Onofrio worked on her film together with three young Egyptian men who have lived in Italy for 10 years without papers. This situation should change soon. The look into the future turns into a look into the past, to the days of arrival in Italy. This collaboratively created film is an inventive collage that uses performance, photography and animation.

TOGETHER APART, by Maren Wickwire, Cyprus/USA, 2018, 57 min
International Festival of Ethnological Film Belgrade 2018, Belgrade | Student Competition Prize
When Guil Ann arrives on the Mediterranean island Cyprus from the Philippines to join her mother Carren as a domestic worker, the women reunite for the first time in over a decade. Carren spent most of her adult life apart from her children. Only months later, unexpected events lead to Carren’s deportation and challenge both women to confront their precarious dreams for togetherness and a better future.