As 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, we are facilitating two workshop days within the festival from the 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. 
Sa, 20.05.2023 13:30
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 … mehr

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.