Ait Atta: Nomads of the High Atlas

Cyprus, 2020, 77 min
Location: Morocco
A Film by: Inanc Tekguc, Eda Elif Tibet

The Ait Atta tribe preserves their ancestral right of access to the agdal, a communal land management system that dates back hundreds of years in Morocco. The film follows Ben Youssef family’s arduous transhumant journey from the desert-like landscape of Nkob to the green pastures of Agdal Igourdane. A sensorial ethnographic story on the incredible movement and (im)mobilities of the family and their herd, torn between traditions and the need to adapt. Stretching over the past, present and future, the film provides an intergenerational perspective on the essence and the very challenges of nomadism within an ever transforming Moroccan society.
Website: https://www.karmamotion.com/aitatta
Trailer of Film: https://vimeo.com/463400612

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Screening: 28.05.2022 09:00

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A Peaceful Place

Norway, 2021, 70 min
Location: Cameroon
A Film by: Trond Waage, Saliou Mohamadou Saimboum

More than one million people from the Central African Republic (CAR) have fled their homes since the beginning of a new civil war in 2013. “A Peaceful Place” follows newborn Elias and his extended family over a period of five years, as they try to start a new life in Northern Cameroon’s Adamaoua Province, some 300 km away from their home village in the CAR. Filmed in an observational style, the film presents an intimate portrait of people having to deal with the ongoing crisis as they navigate their vulnerable lives.

Trailer of Film: https://vimeo.com/539022490

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Screening: 28.05.2022 10:20

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Who Says the Lepchas Are Vanishing

India, 2020, 42,5 min
Location: India
A Film by: Abhyuday Khaitan

The Lepchas are a dwindling tribe indigenous to northern West Bengal and Sikkim in India. As the last documentary featuring Sonam Tshering, poet and cultural leader to the tribe, “Who Says The Lepchas Are Vanishing?” documents his life and work – but Sonam Tshering’s life and work are so rooted, so intertwined, and so inseparable from his tribe, that a look at his life and work, is inevitably a look at the tribe. Sonam Tshering’s songs, his museum, his life are a testament to the struggle of every community that fights the hidden, the subtle battle, of protecting the local in an ever increasing global world.

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Screening: 28.05.2022 12:05

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New York, Just Another City

Brazil, 2019, 18,5 min
Location: United States
A Film by: André Lopes, Joana Brandão

A young leader and audiovisual director, Patrícia Ferreira has been recognized for the documentaries she has been making with her people, the Guarani Mbya. She was called to debate her work at one of the world's largest ethnographic film festivals, the Margaret Mead Film Festival, held at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. There, Patricia comes across some exhibitions, debates and attitudes that make her think about the Juruá people’s world, contrasting it with the Guarani’s modes of existence.

Trailer of Film: https://youtu.be/raMMGOBxmZY

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Screening: 28.05.2022 12:50

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Collaboration and Authorial Diversity in Film

The following films are part of the conferene on "Collaboration and Authorial Diversity in Film". Additionally, the filmmakers will talk about their collaborations.


 

Everyday Survival

Cameroon, 2020, 39 min
Location: Cameroon
A Film by: Abdoul Aziz Wadazoua

Due to ecological disturbances, the scarcity of natural resources, especially fish, is increasingly disrupting the rhythm of life of local fishermen in the floodplain. Moumin and his family have started integrating new activities into their daily lives, including cultivating rice, breeding, and beef trading in the dry season. In addition, the management of the gain obtained from the fish during the fishing season changes the socio-economic life of Moumin’s family. Far from giving up their status as fishermen, these secondary activities are considered as a strategy for dealing with the environmental crises of the plain.
Website: https://site.uit.no/viscam/2020/11/25/survive-everyday/

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Screening: 28.05.2022 14:20

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Kɔtɛ

Mali, 2020, 26 min
Location: Mali
A Film by: Sidylamine Bagayoko

In most of the villages of Dâdugu, Mali, the ceremony of ‘kɔtɛ’ takes place either following the death of a head of village, or every seven years. The initiation rites are secret and it is forbidden to reveal their contents. There are, however, several activities organized around the core secret initiation ceremony during two days of festivities. Each stage of initiation is represented by a fight. It brings two actors from two sides with opposite functions face to face. The Monyontigi are bearers of long burning logs. They try to touch the body of the actors representing the opposite camp, who protect themselves with the branches of thorns.

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Screening: 28.05.2022 15:00

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Weaving Our Paths

Brazil, 2019, 5,75 min
Location: Brazil
A Film by: Cledson Kanunxi, Jackson Xinunxi e Marta Tipuici

Only six elders of the Manoki population in the Brazilian Amazon still speak their indigenous language, an imminent risk of losing this important dimension of their ways of existence. Reclaiming their language with the elders, the younger ones decide to narrate their challenges and desires in images and words. Based on the analogy of the fragility of cotton that becomes a strong wire to support the weight in the hammock, Marta Tipuici talks about the resistance of her people, her relationship with her grandmother and her hope to speak their indigenous language again.

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Screening: 28.05.2022 16:15

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Ãjãí: the Headball Game of the Myky and Manoki

Brazil, 2019, 48 min
Location: Brazil
A Film by: Typju Myky, André Lopes

‘Ãjãí’ is a fun game where only the players' heads can touch the ball. This practice, shared by a few indigenous people in the world, is present among the Myky and Manoki populations of Mato Grosso state, Brazil, who speak a language of an isolated linguistic family. Youngsters of the Myky people decide to film and edit their game for the first time, to make it known outside their villages. But to organize this great party, their young chiefs will encounter some challenges ahead. Made by Myky filmmakers, video works have great importance for the preservation of their culture but also celebrate their creativity and strengthen their struggle.
Website: https://www.ijamytyli.org/
Trailer of Film: https://youtu.be/JvMGq5i3O5g

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Screening: 28.05.2022 16:25

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La Cen

Germany, 2021, 77 min
Location: Cuba
A Film by: Julius Dommer

On the horizon shimmers an oversized dome – only faintly recognisable, difficult to estimate in size. ‘The building of the century’ was supposed to be the largest and most prestigious in Fidel Castro's era, heralding liberation from Cuba's energy crisis and independence – the first nuclear power plant in the Caribbean, subsidized by Soviet funds. The Soviet charm has remained, but nuclear energy has not. Over the course of several months, we accompany the protagonists, get to know their everyday lives, between the dusty dreams of technical progress and the longings of the present, and feel what it means to live in a ‘ghost town’.

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Screening: 28.05.2022 20:00

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