The Anthropologiki Etairia Athinon (Athens Anthropological Society) has decided to engage in film production in the social sciences. A first attempt in this direction is the coordination and production of the documentary film “Living with Hard Times” for the EU FP7 Programme Livewhat (http://www.livewhat.unige.ch/).
The project is a research collaboration between scholars from Universities in France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. The study “aims to provide evidence-based knowledge about citizens’ resilience in times of economic crises allowing for more effective policy responses to the negative consequences of such crises. It examines the ways in which European citizens have reacted to the crisis that, at different degree of intensity in different countries, struck Europe since 2008, but also how they deal with economic crises and their consequences more generally.”
The film, currently in post-production, will be showcasing some of the most significant findings of the study, via interviews and other material produced by researchers in each individual country.
Both the process of co-ordinating the different teams with regards to the video production, as well as the challenging task of incorporating such diverse material into a meaningful narrative of a medium length film, have proven to be very creative ways of using the knowledge we have accumulated over the years. We do maintain that film can be a powerful medium for research and teaching in the social sciences, and we treat this opportunity, as well as our other experimentations with film production (i.e. our Summer School program) as meaningful ways to showcase and advocate the use of audiovisual material.