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. 

How can we use the medium of film to tell stories? How do we meet the unexpected in the process of filmmaking? How do we keep up with the complexities of realities?   

 If you want to become a storyteller using the medium of film, you have to firmly ask yourself two questions: Firstly, “What do I want to talk about?” and secondly, “how can I talk about it through images?”  

The filmmaker Rafiki Fariala will share his experiences within the filmmaking process of NOUS, ÉTUDIANTS! the opening film of Freiburger Filmforum 2023. In an extended Q & A session the participants will get a deeper insight into his film project and time to direct their questions to the filmmaker. 

Having studied in the Atelier Veran, in this workshop, Rafiki wants to introduce the participants to their methods and what is special about them. Rafiki will talk about his journey into filmmaking without having studied film and the art of finding a subject for a documentary film. How do you find structures to spin a red thread with your ideas and visualize them in order to present them to possible protagonists, collaborators and in the end to a public audience?  

Together we want to follow the idea: Everybody who wants to be a filmmaker can become one. So, let’s get into practice. 

Rafiki Fariala, born in 1997 in Uvira, Congo, grew up in the Central African Republic. In 2013 he published the piece WHY WAR, which made him known as a musician. In 2017, he participated in the documentary workshop of Ateliers Varan in Bangui and realized his first short film Mbi na mo (You and Me) in this framework.

The Atelier Veran in Bangui, a creative filmmaking atelier, is part of a series of experiments across the world to diversify forms of expression and communication through images. Varan is not a school in the classic and academic sense: the working methods strongly encourage the principle of teaching through practice and opening a learning space without the necessity to be academically trained in film. 

The Workshop will be held in French with English translation.

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