Institute of Social Anthropology

Institute of Social Anthropology


Golden Dawn Girls, Håvard Bustnes, Greece, 2017, 94 min


EthnoKino is an ethnographic film program organised by students of the Institute of Social Anthropology at the University of Bern and hosted by Kino in der Reitschule. Its aim is to make aspects of ethnographic filmmaking accessible to a wider public, its topics ranging from human labour and political activism to spirit possession and gender issues.

More than just “documenting the real”, visual anthropology makes full – and sometimes experimental – use of film as a medium and uses its potential in quest of framing and experiencing manifestations of life within different cultural and political contexts around the world. EthnoKino Screens student short films as well as a handpicked selection of films from major film festivals and invites filmmakers for Q&A via Skype or in person.


Voluntary admission fee. Films are shown in original version with English or German subtitles.


Every two weeks, 8 p.m.

Kino in der Reitschule, Neubrückstrasse 8


Facebook: EthnoKino Bern



7 March: Bordered Ecologies

Carry My Voice

Hasan Demirtas, Turkey, 2018, 19 min, Kurdish/e

A film about the division of Kurdish lands after WW I and how Kurdish people struggled to be together across the borders.


Eda Tibet and Inanc Tekguc, Turkey, 2019, 40 min, Turkish/e

Following the pat of her Cappadocian ancestors, the filmmaker tells the story of a father and his son trying to revitalize the traditional methods of vine keeping.  


21 March: Wild Relatives

Jumana Manna, Germany, 2018, 70 min, OV/e

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault opened in 2008 and had its first seed withdrawal in 2015: During the Syrian civil war the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas had to move from Aleppo to Lebanon, and in the process lost their seed collection.


4 April: Descending with Angels

Cristian Suhr, Denmark, 2013, 75 min, Ov/e

A Palestinian refugee living in Aarhus has been committed to psychiatric treatment. He sees no point in medication since his illness has been treated with Quarinc incantations. A psychiatrist and nurse try to understand his point of view…


18 April: Journey to the Maggot Feeder

Liivo Niglas and Priit Tender, Estonia, 2015, 68 min, OV/e

This animated film tries to solve the mystery of a bizarre old arctic legend – The Maggot Feeder. The unconventional narrative is misunderstood by western audiences and Priit takes off on a journey to Chukotka in Siberia to unearth deeper layers of the tale.


2 May: Marquis de Wavrin: From the Manor to the Jungle

Grace Winter and Luc Plantier, 2017, 85 min, F/e

The film is both the story of a man, “Marquis of Wavrin”, and his encounter with Amazonian Indians through rare documents from the 1920s and 1930s.


16 May: Ghost Hunting

Raed Andoni, West Bank, 2017, 94 min, Arabic/e

In order to confront the ghosts that haunt him, Palestinian director Raed Andoni assembles an eclectic group of ex-prisoners to recreate the Al-Moskobiya, Israel’s main interrogation center, where he was himself jailed at age 18.