International Documentary Film Festival Vienna 2009

Mo, 20. – Sa, 23. May 2009

The ethnocineca 2009 was presented under a new header: The Ethnographic and Documentary Filmfest Vienna was held in the KosmosTheater and in the Café 7*Stern from 20 – 23 May 2009. Films could be submitted until 13 Februar 2009 and this years’ selection of films for the ethnocineca 2009 was decided upon by our curator Dr. Ulrike Davis-Sulikowski in March.

The large program consisted of more than 20 contributions from around the world. The audience toured the world with “Worldpower”, “Gandhi’s Children” and “Cemeteries” to visually grapple with topics of social and cultural anthropology.

This world and facets of human life were shipped on more than 150 DVDs: Our mailbox was full, and the selection process resulted in a choice of filmic products to subtly shortlist 22 submissions, which Dr. Ulrike Davis — Sulikowski organized. All documentaries differ thematically, as well as stylistically. The quality of documentary film is represented in its various aspects concerning the everyday life by picturing modernity, the different, the other, migration, injustice, or home.

For the first time our guests were also invited to become producers themselves: In cooperation with SOHO IN OTTAKRING film making workshops were offered and short documentaries were produced. These results were screened on May 23, 2009 under the headline “Arbeiten oder nicht arbeiten”.

Additionally in association with the organisation IPSUM “fair photos” were presented in an exhibition at the KosmosTheater. The final day of the ethnocinecawas celebrated with a party at the Badeschiff – a boat in the Donaukanal in the heart of Vienna. Bands, DJs and world music accompanied the celebrations.

TEAM 2009

Sybil Amber 
Francoise Babits
Michael Draca
Bernhard Eder
Sandra Feichtner
Jürgen Fennes
Nadja Haumberger
Gregor Jakob
Anita Pinter
Kira Preckel
Simone Traunmüller
Laura Zapata-Wojciechowska


Ulrike Davis-Sulikowski