Ethnofest Screenings in Volos

Thursday March 1st, 2018

For the third year in a row, Ethnofest collaborates with the Department of History, Archaeology and Social Antrhopology, and the Social Anthropology Lab (University of Thessaly). In the framework of this collaboration, Ethnofest travels to Volos in order to present a selection of films that were screened during the 8th edition of the Festival. The screenings will take place at the Rooftile and Brickworks Museum N. & S. Tsalapatas (Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation), on March 7th 2018 at 17:00. Konstantinos Diamantis, Traffic and Programme Supervisor of Ethnofest, will say a few words about the fims and Spyros Gerousis, director of the film “Every Single Day”, will also be present to discuss with the audience. The admission to the screenings is free.

The films:

“Sensational African Collection”


Directed by: Fidelia S. Ametewee, Camille Giraut, Sofia Poulia
Running Time: 10’
Greece

This film, Sensational African Collection is about two African hair salons in Athens, Greece. After sharing different ideas and point of views on the theoretical and ethical questions of cultural appropriation, the film shifted focus to the aesthetics of the African hairstyles and the interaction between customers and their hairdressers. It explores the interrelations between individuals and the atmosphere in these female spaces; the film also shows one dimension of female labour migration in Athens. The film incorporated experimental shots and observations on the ordinary and daily lifestyles of women in the hair salons.

“Unity: Dress-scapes of Accra”

Directed by: Mara Lin Visser
Running Time: 36’
The Netherlands

“Unity: Dress-scapes of Accra” is an ethnographic film about African fashion in the capital of Ghana. While following Allan, a fashion designer, and his wife, Cynthia, this mosaic film shows the great diversity of tailor-made fashion and hybrid styles; the ways the African wear is used and the expression of culture by wearing the African prints. The film gives an interesting overview of dress-scapes in Accra, but also highlights beautiful details by focusing on a few participants who show the mixture of different materials, cuts and styles in a creative and free atmosphere. In this way the film is not only observational, it gives people space to tell their story and show their African pride.

“Every Single Day”

Directed by: Spyros Gerousis
Running Time: 57’
Greece

“Every Single Day” deals with the parallel stories of 3+1 people that made their first contact with hiphop in 90’s Greece, recording their experiential narrations within a society that was changing day by day, year by year. The film uses examples coming from the everyday lives of its subjects to re-tell the country’s story from the economic boom of the ’90s to the present’s devastating financial crisis. Its filmic innovation lies in the fact that it uses elements of the hip hop culture to create alternative narratives that complete or contrast the mainstream ones. The film contextualises the culture’s practices in an ethnographic manner by presenting the day-to-day dimensions of the greek hip hop scene, drawing it’s citations from the streets where it was born

 

“When you are in the sea – where can you hide?”

Directed by: Ann-Kathrine Kværnø, Jack Ryan Jones
Running Time: 22’
Greece

The film follows two fishermen from the Greek village Skala Sikamineas, on the island of Lesvos, who were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts in saving people crossing the waters from Turkey to Greece. Filmed during the period of relative calm, in May 2016, and structured around everyday practices of these two fishermen, the film explores their experiences of frequently rescuing those attempting to cross the same waters they navigate daily for their work. These memories are intertwined with an observational approach to contemporary fishing practices, exploring how previous experiences of rupture in daily life continue to inflect and give meaning to these fisherman’s relationship to the sea.

“Among the Living”

Directed by: Konstantina Koultouki, Sofia Panagiotakou, Valentina Massone
Running Time: 12’
Greece

Death. The ultimate frontier, the final incognito, the most visceral fear. Since the beginning of time, humanity has been wondering, questioning and most importantly dealing with the unbearably abstract nature of this concept. Set in the First Cemetery of Athens, following the Greek Orthodox ritual from the ceremony to the burial, from the exhumation to the ossuary, this movie takes the perspective of the workers in that contributes to its physical manifestation. Walking the subtle line between production and consumption, eternal and ephemeral, extraordinary and mundane, Among the living uses an anthropological, deeply sensorial approach to question perception, perspectives and meaning making processes, while quietly celebrating the vibrancy of life around death.

“Highway Rest Stop”

Directed by: Isabelle Ingold
Running Time: 55’
France

This film traces out the portrait of a motorway rest area located in the countryside in the North of France. It looks like a dream, filled with the whispers thoughts and the lives of those who work here, as well as those who are just passing through. It is also a very concrete place, a perfect spot to observe today’s Europe, the violence carried by the free competition of a single market, the nostalgia carried by uprooted lives, and all the solitude engendered by our modern world

“E-wasteland”

Directed by: David Fedele
Running Time: 20’
Australia, Ghana

Have you ever wondered what happens to your electronics at the end of their life? Almost 50 million tonnes of e-waste (electronic waste) are generated worldwide every year. A large volume of second-hand and condemned electronic goods arrive in developing countries from the “developed” world, with a significant quantity arriving as e-waste, exported illegally as “second hand goods”. Without dialogue or narration, e-wasteland presents a visual portrait of unregulated e-waste recycling in Ghana, West Africa, where electronics are not seen for what they once were, but rather for what they have become.

With the Support of The Rooftile and Brickworks Museum N. & S. Tsalapatis, Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation.

Organisation Committee: Kostas Athanasiou, Evi Despotopoulou, Nikos Paschoulis, Chrysa Tsaroucha-Lioti

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