Institut für Sozialanthropologie

Institut für Sozialanthropologie


Ama-San, Cláudia Varejão, Japan, 113 min
Ama-San, Cláudia Varejão, Japan, 113 min


EthnoKino ist ein ethnographisches Filmprogramm, welches von Anthropologie-Studentinnen organisiert wird und diesen Herbst das erste Mal das Kino der Reitschule bespielt. Wir kollaborieren mit verschiedenen europäischen ethnografischen Filmfestivals und laden die Filmemacher über Skype oder persönlich zu einem Q&A ein. Dieses Semester zeigen wir sieben Filme zu den Themen Verkörperungen, Klimawandel und Prekarität.


Alle zwei Wochen, ab 20:00 Uhr

Kino in der Reitschule, Neubrückstrasse 8

Freiwilliger Beitrag. Originalfilme mit englischen oder deutschen Untertitel.

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28 September: Ama-San

Cláudia Varejão, Portugal, Switzerland, Japan, 2016, 113 min

International Filmfestival Karlovy Vary (2016): Special Jury Mention

In Wagu, a fishing village in the Ise Peninsula, three women, Matsumi, Mayumi and Masumi dive everyday with no aid from air tanks, not knowing what they will find. Underwater, their delicate bodies turn into those of sea hunters. The Ama-San have been diving like this in Japan for over 2000 years.


12 October: My name is Salt

Farida Pacha, Switzerland, 2013, 92 min

Fünf Seen Filmfestival (2016): Horizonte Filmpreis

Every year Sanabhai brings his family to a seasonal saline desert in Gujarat India, where they harvest what they proclaim to be the world‘s whitest salt, using the manual techniques as generations before them. Hardship and exploitation are omnipresent in this film, but director Farida Pacha‘s  exquisite camerawork expose the beauty of the subject.


26 October: Hikikomori

Dorothée Lorang & David Beautru, France, Japan, 2013, 53 min

Official selection at the European Film Festival Cinécran in Vannes, France (2014)

There are between 600 000 – 1 million Japanese youths who stay hidden away in their bedroom, sometimes cut off from all kind of social interaction for several years. These youths, named hikikomori, are renounced in Japanese society as being the ‘lost generation’. This film meets some of them in a rare center set up to help them re-socialize, and tries to understand the reasoning.


7 November (Di): Employment Office

Anne Schiltz and Charlotte Grégoire, Belgium, 2015, 74 min

RAI Film Festival Bristol (2017)

An office interior, a row of desks, people facing each other. This is where unemployed people come to meet with their advisers. What is at stake are their benefit payments. Here everyone has to abide by the same rigid bureaucratic procedures, but each person has their own life and story. This film shows what it means to not have a job today, as work becomes more and more precarious, employed and unemployed alike are less and less secure, and the welfare state is under attack and shrinking.


23 November: The Day the Sun Fell

Aya Domenig, Switzerland, Finland - Japan, 2015, 78 min

Festival International Jean Rouch (2016): Prix Anthropologie et Developement Durable

Swiss-Japanese filmmaker Aya Domenig, the granddaughter of a doctor on duty for the Red Cross during the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, approaches the experience of her deceased grandfather by tracing the lives of a doctor and of former nurses who once shared the same experience.


7 December: Socotra: The Island of Djinns

Jordi Esteva, Spain - Yemen, 2016, 64 min.

The film is the story of a journey across the island of Socotra in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Yemen. Ahmed Afrar, his companions and three cameleers with their animals trek to the mountains before the rainy season. During the trip, the Socotrians tell stories by the fire. During the night, the conversation turns to legends of djinns and monstrous snakes that dwell in the cavernous interior of the island.


20 December: Five Ways In

Mike Poltorak, UK, 2014, 73 min

Watch the story of five people and their journeys through the Freiburg International Contact Improvisation Festival of 2012. The documentary follows the development of the intentions and expectations of the five participants through the week, capturing moments when they were tested and satisfied.