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

How can we use meth­ods of irri­ta­tion and con­fronta­tion within our film­mak­ing prac­tice to irri­tate the status quo and show that there are more ways of being in and expe­ri­enc­ing the world than cov­ered within nor­ma­tive nar­ra­tives? How do we keep a high level of sen­si­tiv­i­ty within the work togeth­er with pro­tag­o­nists when work­ing on sen­si­tive topics? How can we the­ma­tize sen­si­tive topics like home and belong­ing in film by show­ing the strug­gles of locat­ing one’s own iden­ti­ties in a binary, racial social system? 

We will get a first insight in how queer­ing the approach to shoot­ing ‘Other’ can be used to re-design nor­ma­tive research meth­ods, making them more inclu­sive, inno­v­a­tive, and empath­ic, and how this can impact the ethics and authen­tic­i­ty of the whole film. 

Taking a closer look to the film of film­mak­er Humad Nisar we will also get the oppor­tu­ni­ty to learn from Humad’s expe­ri­ences, who will share insights and mate­r­i­al from the direc­tors work on the film HOME SWEET HOME. In this film project par­tic­i­pa­to­ry meth­ods were exper­i­ment­ed with over three years. To accu­mu­late the sen­su­al­i­ty of a place like home, the film uses sen­so­ry and psy­che­del­ic ethno­graph­ic film meth­ods to create haptic visu­als for the viewer rather than pas­sive par­tic­i­pa­tion. 

We highly rec­om­mend the par­tic­i­pants to take part in the film screen­ing of HOME SWEET HOME on 15th of May. Humad Nisar, togeth­er with Sabah Jal­loul, is giving anoth­er work­shop on Col­lab­o­ra­tive Film­mak­ing - Why rela­tion­ship mat­ters.

Humad Nisar (any pro­noun) is a visual anthro­pol­o­gist based in Ger­many, born and raised in Pak­istan. Cur­rent­ly, Humad is work­ing on con­duct­ing queer and migra­tion film work­shops for the BIPOC youth in Ger­many. Humad Nisar con­ducts film work­shops to make film­mak­ing acces­si­ble for every­one by pro­duc­ing films shot on their mobile phones. Humad uses par­tic­i­pa­to­ry col­lab­o­ra­tive and autoethno­graph­ic film­mak­ing meth­ods in art activism to decolonise nar­ra­tive film­mak­ing when sto­ries are told by the BIPOC/Queer people them­selves. Queer dis­place­ments, kin­ship, and iden­ti­ty are research themes in the artist’s work. Humad’s debut film, HOME SWEET HOME, explores how queer people of Pak­istani origin relat­ed to the idea of ‘home’. It is a semi-autoethno­graph­ic, par­tic­i­pa­tive col­lab­o­ra­tive the­o­ret­i­cal and media project. 

The Work­shop will be held in English.