We are a self-orga­nized sem­i­nar col­lec­tive of Visual Anthro­pol­o­gy, run by a group of stu­dents from the depart­ment of Social Anthro­pol­o­gy in Albert-Lud­wigs-Uni­ver­sität Freiburg. In this fes­ti­val edi­tion we are facil­i­tat­ing two work­shop days from 15th to 16th of May, in coop­er­a­tion with the stu­dents’ plat­form of the Freiburg­er Filmforum.  Our aim is to bring young film­mak­ers and stu­dents togeth­er and create a space for exchange and shar­ing expe­ri­ences. Togeth­er we want to re-think estab­lished approach­es, towards a more sen­si­tive prac­tice of film­mak­ing that is more aware to power struc­tures. Through a sen­si­tive pro­duc­tion of anthro­po­log­i­cal­ly informed film, it can be con­veyed to the public that there are as many real­i­ties as there are indi­vid­u­als and living enti­ties on the planet.  Film can be used as a tool for break­ing nor­ma­tive per­cep­tions as well as widen­ing per­spec­tives. There­fore, we want to invite film­mak­ers and inter­est­ed young people to share their knowl­edge. By ques­tion­ing how we do film, we also have to re-think our own entan­gle­ments and posi­tion­al­i­ties and how we engage within and with the world. 

Mon, 15-May-23 02:00 PM
What are essen­tials to a sen­si­tive approach to film? How does rela­tion­ship-build­ing in film­mak­ing influ­ence the whole expe­ri­ence for all par­tic­i­pants? What does col­lab­o­ra­tion really mean in a prac­ti­cal sense … read more

Sat, 20-May-23 01:30 PM
Hà Lệ Diễm is an inde­pen­dent female film­mak­er work­ing in Viet­nam. CHILDREN OF THE MIST is her first fea­ture-length doc­u­men­tary film. Behind the making of the film, lies a deep … read more

This work­shop is a reflec­tion of my jour­ney as a female Iran­ian stu­dent in Visual Anthro­pol­o­gy, based on the research project that I con­duct­ed during my bach­e­lor stud­ies at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Tehran.   

I inves­ti­gat­ed on the brief and for­got­ten his­to­ry of the first audio-visual ethnog­ra­phy in Iran. The research is based on the life and work of Nader Afshar-Naderi, a pro­fes­sor of Anthro­pol­o­gy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Tehran who was the first Iran­ian Anthro­pol­o­gist who made anthro­po­log­i­cal­ly informed films and how to use audio-visual mate­ri­als in Anthro­po­log­i­cal stud­ies during the 1960s and 70s. He ini­ti­at­ed a col­lo­qui­um for teach­ing anthro­pol­o­gy stu­dents how to com­bine audio­vi­su­al mate­ri­als with ethno­graph­ic knowl­edge. 

His trail­blaz­ing method was iso­lat­ed and mar­gin­al­ized after the Islam­ic rev­o­lu­tion of 1979. As the main part of this research is shaped around look­ing for archives, dream­ing about archives, and fol­low­ing them, in this work­shop I would like to focus on archival silence and acces­si­bil­i­ty of knowl­edge. My film UNDER THE SHADOW OF THE OAK TREE (2022) is about this brief his­to­ry. It will be screened and dis­cussed within this session. 

Sadaf Biglari is an Iran­ian Visual Anthro­pol­o­gy stu­dent based in Mün­ster, Ger­many. Prior to her cur­rent stud­ies, she received a bachelor’s degree in Cul­tur­al Anthro­pol­o­gy from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Tehran. UNDER THE SHADOW OF THE OAK TREE (2022) is her first stu­dent film. The research itself was the start­ing point of her jour­ney into audio-visual Anthro­pol­o­gy. 

The Work­shop will be held in English.