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 connection between the protagonist Di and the filmmaker Hà Lệ Diễm. They accompanied each other over a time frame of over three years in their day-to-day life. The filmmaking practice intertwined during the process with a sphere of friendship, emotional responsibility, and shared experiences.
We will start with a Q&A with the filmmaker about the background of the film and the general question of finding characters, stories, co-creators, mentors, equipment, funding, etc. as an independent film project. After that, the focus will especially lie on the role of empathy with the protagonists through emotional connection within the filmmaking process.
This workshop could open an exchange space for young students and filmmakers to share experiences about the important role of empathy in filmmaking and the sphere of ethical negotiations that comes with it.

Lệ Diễm, studied journalism in Hanoi journalism, earning her diploma in 2013. CHILDREN OF THE MIST is her first documentary to be supported by a grant from the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program and received the Best Director Award at IDFA in 2021