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ETHNOCINECA

International Documentary Film Festival Vienna 2016
May 17th - 22nd 2016 | Votiv Kino, De France & Volkskundemuseum

Friday, 20.05.2016, 19:15
Votiv Kino | Gr. Saal | tickets
Filmmaker present
AUSTRIAN PREMIERE

This film is nominated for the Excellence in Visual Anthropology Award (EVA).

Screened together with Anima.

SOCOTRA, THE ISLAND OF DJINNS
Jordi Esteva | Jemen, Spain 2015 | 64 Min. | OV w/Engl.Subs.

The film is the story of a trip on the remote island of Socotra in the Indian Ocean, known in antiquity for its Phoenix and Rukh birds. On the journey are Ahmed Afrar, youngest son of the late sultan of Socotra, some companions and three cameleers with their animals. En route to visit relatives, the Socotrians speak in their own language, a descendent of the old language of the Kingdom of Saba, and they tell stories by the fire. During the night, conversation turns to legends of djinns and monstrous snakes that dwell in the cavernous interior of the island. A vanishing world is revealed.


Biography

Jordi Esteva (Barcelona 1951) is a writer and photographer specialized in Africa and Middle East. He lived for five years in Cairo and other African cities. In 2010 he started filming documentaries – mostly in black and white – centered on the worlds that are vanishing like the animism in Africa or the remote island of Socotra.


Filmography

  • 2010 Return to the Land of Souls
  • 2014 Komian
  • 2015 Socotra, the Island of Djinns
     

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