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Ethnographic Film Festival Göttingen

When May 09, 2012 12:00 AM to
May 13, 2012 11:55 PM
Where Göttingen
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Göttingen International

Ethnographic Film Festival

9.5. – 13.5.2012


Early bird registration till 12th of April


The programme you can find on the Internet


further information you find also on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GIEFF.Festival

There will be also a Symposium on “Participatory - What Does It Mean?” (see below)


The festival presents the most recent productions of ethnographic films and acts as a platform for a dialogue between anthropology and documentary filmmaking. 


The Festival is a meeting point of young students of anthropology, sociology and media studies, who are interested in the use of film as research method, mode of publishing and communicating research results.


52 presentations were selected, 23 for the student film section, 29 for the main festival. The films are coming from more than 28 countries representing people in 35 countries. Thematic themes are: Crises and their consequences, Migration, Participation in the film process, Eastern Europe, South Asia, and Africa.


Most of the filmmakers will attend the festival.


The student film competition is one of the central events of the festival.


Göttingen International Ethnographic Film Festival e.V.





Special event:


Symposium: 12.5. -15.5.2012


Participatory - What Does It Mean? Participatory

Cinema, Participatory Video Under Consideration


Programme: http://www.gieff.de/history/conference2012.html

Registration: http://www.gieff.de/registration_en.html


In Anthropology as much as in Media Studies the methods of “Participatory Cinema” and “Participatory Video” are often used and discussed., Although having common characteristics, both terms, however, originate from different intellectual backgrounds. David MacDougall (1975) created the term “Participatory Cinema” to differentiate it from “Observational Cinema” then used in a positivistic manner. In contrast, “Participatory Video” was introduced in the context of participative projects in the 1990s (White et al. 1994, 2003; Braden 1998), before Nick and Chris Lunch professionalized the concept and founded an interdisciplinary platform in the internet (2004, 2006).

Discussions at many international conferences, however, show that there is a lack of understanding and defining clarity about what “participatory” really means. Other terms used in this context are “shared anthropology” (Jean Rouch), “digital story-telling” and “community-based filming”.


The symposium aims at presenting theoretical and methodological implications of the different concepts as well as practical cases of their application. As “co-operation” is a crucial aspect in these concepts and projects, in some cases two presenting participants are to be invited.


The symposium is organised by

-        University of Göttingen,Institute for Anthropology,

-        Förderinitiative Visuelle Ethnographie e.V.,

-        Intervention Press,

-        University of Florida, Gainsville


The symposium is funded by:

-        VolkswagenStiftung

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