The Ethnological View


Nigeria, USA 2008 | 75 Min. | DigiBeta, OmeU
The news of his Niger­ian father’s death catch­es Jar­reth Merz off guard. Now living and work­ing as a the­ater actor in Los Ange­les, his par­ents had orig­i­nal­ly met in Nige­ria. … read more


Francesco Uboldi
Camerun, Italy 2006 | 8 Min. | BetaSP, OmeU
Cameroon, 2005. A man is seized, dragged to a seclud­ed loca­tion, tied to a tree, and left to suffer a tor­tur­ous death by star­va­tion accord­ing to the pre­cepts of local … read more


Barbara Keifenheim
Germany 1984 | 64 Min. | DVD, OF

When our own image becomes the image of oth­er­ness: Ama­zo­nia, 1980. Imag­ine: Deep in the jungle, images of every­day life in Ger­many appear out of the dark­ness – images of men work­ing in mines and fac­to­ries, the col­or­ful wall­pa­per of the era, the tra­di­tion­al German family with two chil­dren. What sort of impres­sion of us is pro­duced? What are the Huni Kuin led to believe about the lives of the “whites,” those who posses metal, the “rich“? The indige­nous group’s own cre­ation myth grap­ples with ques­tions of the other, cat­e­go­riz­ing human­i­ty, and dis­tin­guish­ing between var­i­ous peo­ples. Indeed, vivid imag­in­ings of what con­sti­tutes “us” and the “others” are anchored in their cul­ture. After many years of field­work in the Peru­vian Amazon region, direc­tor Bar­bara Keifen­heim decid­ed to con­front the indige­nous people living there with a film depict­ing German big-city life. The diverse reac­tions of her Peru­vian audi­ence are a true source of enrich­ment, enabling us to take an unvar­nished look at our own cul­ture and allow­ing us to under­stand why the double mean­ing of their word “naua huni“ – white man and hal­lu­ci­na­tion – is no coincidence. 


Denmark, Papua New Guinea 2008 | 59 Min. | DigiBeta, OmeU
What do anthro­pol­o­gists mean when they claim to study the cul­tur­al tra­di­tions of others by par­tic­i­pat­ing in them? This film fol­lows the Dutch anthro­pol­o­gist Ton Otto, who has been adopt­ed … read more


Manfred Krüger, Rolf Husmann
Germany 2008 | 60 Min. | BetaSP, OmeU
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 … read more