After six successful editions and the respective steps forward they signified for the Festival, 2016 had the greatest step forward in store. Thanks to our sponsors’ kind support, our biggest dream finally came true: for the first time in its lifetime the Athens Ethnographic Film Festival moved its screenings to a cinema, thus ensuring the best screening conditions for its audience, as well as an ideal venue for socializing and networking. It was also the first time the films were subtitled in Greek, which meant that our audience grew larger and more diverse in ages and background. Last but not least, we were delighted to welcome several filmmakers who discussed their work with the audience.

 

From November 23rd to November 27th, the Astor cinema hosted the more than 50 films in this year’s line-up, offering a panoramic view of the recent world productions in the ethnographic film field and opening up windows with intriguing vistas of the world. Films from the US, Russia, Brazil, France, Tajikistan, Cyprus, Turkey and, of course, Greece, chronicled and analysed issues that address the everyday reality of people and groups all over the world, in a way that only visual anthropology can capture.

 

True to its educational mission, the Festival, with the support of the Division of Modern Cultural Assets and Intangible Cultural Heritage Division of the Ministry of Culture, inaugurated morning screenings for groups of schoolchildren. Our main goal was introducing the children to ethnographic film as a fresh way of approaching knowledge, as well as to the intangible cultural assets that are testimonials of the traditional, folk and intellectual culture. Noted anthropologist and filmmaker Anna Grimshaw as well as filmmaker-professor Alexandra Tilman also presented fascinating masterclasses on different theoretical and technical aspects of ethnographic film.

 

Robert Gardner’s masterpiece “Forest of Bliss” also held a special place in this year’s programme, as a special screening celebrating 30 years since its release, while this year’s tributed included the “Through Cyprus with the cinematic camera” themed section, curated by anthropologist Pafsanias Karathanasis and museologist Despo Pasia, and “Ethnographic Views on Gendered Roles in Society”, a series of screenings realized within the framework of the operational program “Public Sector Reform”, co-funded by the European Union and national resources.
The cinema filled to capacity, the lively post-screening chat, the encounters with festival regulars as well as new friends, the festival team growing larger and the Festival’s acceptance by the anthropological world and beyond give us the strength we need to continue making plans so that the Festival remains an important mark in the cultural map of Athens and Greece. See you next year!

School screening

Screenings of selected ethnographic documentaries for primary and secondary school students in collaboration with the Division of the Modern Cultural Assets and Intangible Cultural Heritage of Ministry of Culture and Sports.

School screening

Screenings of selected ethnographic documentaries for primary and secondary school students in collaboration with the Division of the Modern Cultural Assets and Intangible Cultural Heritage of Ministry of Culture and Sports.

School screening

Screenings of selected ethnographic documentaries for primary and secondary school students in collaboration with the Division of the Modern Cultural Assets and Intangible Cultural Heritage of Ministry of Culture and Sports.

School screening

Screenings of selected ethnographic documentaries for primary and secondary school students in collaboration with the Division of the Modern Cultural Assets and Intangible Cultural Heritage of Ministry of Culture and Sports.

"At Low Tide" - special screening for the participants of the masterclass

Masterclass with Anna Grimshaw

Event about Peter Loizos

Event about Peter Loizos at Spiti tis Kiprou (Ksenofontos 2A, Athens) in collaboration with the Social Anthropology and History Department of the University of the Aegean.

All-day event, part of the “Through Cyprus with the Movie Camera” themed section

"Cadences" - special screening for the participants of the masterclass with Alexandra Tilman

Masterclass with Alexandra Tilman

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