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




27 September: Nimble Fingers and Accordion Class

Parsifal Reparato, Vietnam, 2017, 52 min, Vietnamese/e

Thousands of young, Vietnamese migrant workers come from a remote village on the highlands of Northern Vietnam to work in factories owned by some of the most popular electronic brands. Now they live in a Hanoi suburb, a district developed around one of the biggest industrial production sites in the world, where the worker's life strictly follows the rules of the great Industrial Park.

            + Accordion Class

            Zuqiang Peng, China, 2016, 20 min, Chinese/e

Accordion Class explores the under-examined history of the accordion and its legacy in China, as the only permitted western instrument during the cultural revolution. Looking at accordion classes and competition today, the film presents how the instrument is taught, performed and received by a younger generation in the city of Changsha.


10 October (Wednesday): Students’ Special:

Älmen min Vän,

Hanna Ambühl, Sweden, 2018, 46 min, Swedish/e

Älven min Vän is a portrait of the lives of four women and their relationship to the Lule River in Sweden. The film shows the consequences of the forced resettlement of Sami people who were displaced from their land because of the construction of river dams and were alienated from their indigenous culture and way of life.


Ceno Ergo Sum

Zita Bauer, Chantale Fitze and Manuel Moser, Switzerland, 2016, 32 min, D/f

The short-film Ceno Ergo Sum delves into the life of the Fortuna family, who began to be exclusively vegan long before the conscious abstinence from meat became a trend in society. During a common dinner Giovanna, Stanislaw, Laura and Wladislaw tell how veganism became central in their lives.


Protegido – Self-Blessings in Bolivia

Manuel Moser, Bolivia, 2018, 25 min, S/e

In his film “Protegido” Manuel Moser follows the omnipresent “self-blessing” practices in Bolivia and asks different professional and private drivers how they bless their vehicles during the year.


25 October: Starless Dreams

Mehrdad Oskouei, Iran, 2016, 76 min, Persian/e

The film follows a group of under 18-year-old girls taken into care for a variety of reasons ranging from drug dealing and trafficking to pick-pocketing and manslaughter. Though bored with their incarcerated life they are, nevertheless, scared about what might happen to them once outside. As the New Year approaches they all hope to celebrate it with their families.


1 November: Makala

Emmanuel Gras, RD Congo, 2017, 96 min, Fr/e

A young man from a village in the RD Congo hopes to offer his family a better future. His only resources are his own two hands, the surrounding bush, and an iron will. When he sets out on an exhausting, perilous journey to sell the fruit of his labor, he discovers the true value of his efforts, and the price of his dreams.


22 November: The Russian Job

Petr Horký, Russia, 2017, 71 min, Various/e

A Swedish power-manager is hired to bring the miracle of the capitalist business model to the dying factory in communist Russia. Bo Inge Andersson, a former soldier who’s already resurrected one Russian automaker, comes to Tolyatti with a small team and a big goal: to be the very first non-Russian at the helm of the company. And none dare to oppose him. Yet.


6 December: A Woman Captured

Bernadett Tuza-Ritter, Hungary, 2017, 89 min, Hungarian/e

A European woman has been kept by a family as a domestic slave for 10 years. She is one of over 45 million victims of modern day slavery today. Drawing courage from the filmmaker's presence, she decides to escape the unbearable oppression and become a free person.


20 December: Aftermath: The Second Flood

Raphael Barth, Nicobras, 2014, 82 min, E/e

"Brother, what is this N-G-O?"

The mysterious islands of the Nicobars were severely hit by the Tsunami 2004. Along with many lives, their culture was almost lost. Over a period of seven years Raphael Barth has followed the fate of the Nicobarese in the wake of aid and development after the worst natural disaster of our times.