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7 December: VU Amsterdam Ethnographic Film Day

aefd_bannerWhat is the value of film as medium for ethnographic fieldwork? With which dilemmas are film-making anthropologists confronted? What is the relationship between visual methods and other methods? What do visual methods contribute to research?

The Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam presents the Amsterdam Ethnographic Film Day during which we will screen ethnographic films and discuss the various theories and methods of visual anthropology. We aim to provide a platform for anthropologists and documentary makers engaging in visual anthropology to show their films and communicate their experiences with, and thoughts on, ethnographic film-making. For more information, visit our Facebook page or website.

Date: 7 December 2016

Location: kerkzaal (HG 16A00, top floor of the VU main building)


10:00 – 10:30 Arrival & Welcome

Still from “Inside the Mind of Favela Funk”

10:30 – 12:00 Screening of Inside the mind of Favela Funk and Q&A with Elise Roodenburg and Fleur Beemster. Topic for discussion: “From thesis to documentary: how to combine anthropology and film-making”.

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break

Still from “Love Home”

13:00 – 14:00 Screening of Love Home and Q&A with Sanderien Verstappen and Willy Sier. Topic for discussion: “The use of ethnographic film-making to capture the complexity of ethnographic research”.


Still from “Demal Te Niew”

14:00 – 15:00 Screening of Demal Te Niew (“Go and Come Back”) and Q&A with Marcella Pasotti, Viola Bachini, and Giulia Sinatti. Topic for discussion: “The use of multimedia in communicating research results”.

15:00 – 15:30 Tea break

Still from “The Possibility of Spirits”

15:30 – 17:00 Pre-Premier Feedback Screening of The Possibility of Spirits and Q&A with Mattijs van de Port. Topic for discussion: “The use of film in the ethnography of something as inexplicable as spirit possession”.

17:00 – onwards: Drinks


  1. Maiyo, J.K. Maiyo, J.K.

    This post doesn’t give the date for the event. Did I miss it somewhere?

    Best regards, Josh Maiyo

  2. standplaatswereld standplaatswereld

    Hi Josh, It is on 7 December, next week wednesday!

  3. […]         On 7 December the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology organized its second Ethnographic Film Day, which featured four rather different ethnographic documentaries. Former staff member Ina Keuper […]

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