THE PROFESSIONAL FOREIGNER

Manfred Krüger, Rolf Husmann
Germany 2008 | 60 Min. | BetaSP, OmeU
Q&A with:
Asen Balikci, Rolf Husmann

Asen Balik­ci and Visual Ethnography
A por­trait of this clas­sic figure in visual anthro­pol­o­gy, taking us into the worlds inhab­it­ed by Cana­di­an Inuit, Afghan nomads, vil­lagers in Bul­gar­ia and in the moun­tains of Nepal. Asen Balik­ci has been a lead­ing figure in making ethno­graph­ic films for many decades. The film takes us from Asen’s youth in Istan­bul to his career in Canada where he became famous for making the Net­si­lik Eski­mos Series, to film­ing in Afghanistan and then turn­ing to two other activ­i­ties of him: as a net­work­er for the Com­mis­sion on Visual Anthro­pol­o­gy (CVA) and as a teacher of Summer Schools in Siberia and Bul­gar­ia. His film work among the Bul­gar­i­an Pomak and his still ongo­ing work in Sikkim (India) con­clude the film which is not only the por­trait of a famous expert in Visual Ethnog­ra­phy, but also more gen­er­al­ly touch­es upon vital issues of ethno­graph­ic filmmaking.