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Georgina Barreiro | Peru, Argentina 2014 | 71 Min. | OV w/Engl.Subs.
The interaction of a cosmological order to the sensitive balance between human and nature remains unexplored in everyday life. This is not the case in the spiritual world of the Shipibo Indians who are living in the Peruvian Amazon. The viewer will discover a powerful journey through the pictures in this movie. In isolation of the forest the young Mokan Rono studies the traditional knowledge of the medicinal and ritual plant Ayahuasca with the help of a shaman and his mother, who is a mistress of traditional healing art. Icaros is an invitation to a fascinating excursion through time and space.
KINGS OF THE WIND AND ELECTRIC QUEENS
Cédric Dupire, Gaspard Kuentz | Indien, Frankreich 2014 | 56 Min. | OV w/Engl.Subs.
The Sonepur Fair in India is about to begin! Known to be the largest cattle market in Asia, elephants, birds, horses or camels are traded there since hundreds of years. With its whirlwinds of dust rising from the ground, the fair is also the opportunity for a gigantic carnival. This is where gather all the fairground people of the most infamous state of India, making it the core of the bihari popular culture.
And the characters of Kings of the Wind & Electric Queens are its best representatives. Colourful multitudes cut through the dusty, sticky air as the ecstatic sound of drums fills the space. An event like no other, it's a carnival of magical realism inhabited by exotic dancers, exorcists, stuntmen and elephant tamers. Each has his rituals, prayers, his methods to accumulate and master the energy of the fair, both mechanical and organic, magic and electric. The film is full of sensual extravagance, that its meaning couldn’t be more complex and multilayered .
Lion Bischof, Jonas Heldt, Felicitas Sonvilla | Germany 2014 | 46 Min. | OV w/Engl.Subs.
A skinhead in love, his girlfriend who wants to tramp to Berlin and two copper-thieves on their journeys to score some meth. A secluded connoisseur of the art of living, who holds epic annual parties in the forest to add a touch of glamour to the grey, everyday life, and his girlfriend who is looking to find true love – they all seem to be lost in this mysterious German landscape near the Czech border. The episodic narrative invites the viewer to accompany these young people on their open-ended quest for meaning.
Julie Shles | Israel 2014 | 77 min | OV w/Engl.Subs.
A vast and violent labyrinth lies right in the heart of Tel Aviv, the Central Bus Station. Living in and around it are thousands of new refugees, children of migrant workers with no identity of their own, and impoverished Jewish families who feel like strangers in their homes. This labyrinth is at the center of their lives. Chaos rules in this impossible meeting place. The racism that erupted from its cellars has gotten out of control and life continues precariously, as if perched on a keg of gunpowder. A war of all against all.
FOUR YEARS OF NIGHT
Itamar Alcalay | Israel 2013 | 54 min | OV w/Engl.Subs.
“Am I a traitor? Obviously.” In the late 1970s the Jewish photographer Esaias Baitel spent four years with a violent Parisian neo-Nazi gang. While hiding his real identity, he was able to gain their trust and live among the gang members. Thereby he photographed intimate portraits of their daily lives. Born in Sweden to a father who survived Auschwitz, Baitel, by then a young father himself, spent several years in a double life. Despite witnessing horrifying events, he established close ties to these young people and portrayed them as individuals with hopes, wishes and stories. A one-of-a-kind collection of gripping stills and audio evolved, providing an insight in the complexities of human nature and the almost impossible coexistence of tolerance and intolerance. Now, over thirty years later, Baitel is able to reflect upon this stage in his life and the marks left of this conflicting experience. In between past and present, in expressive black-and-white, a rare and sensitive artist is revealed. "Four Years of Night" shows an unpredictable compassion and humanity towards those, who have done the most terrible deeds.
DONKEYMENTARY – Life through the eyes of a donkey
Arman Yeritsyan, Vardan Hovhannisyan | Armenia 2012 | 52 min | OV w/Engl.Subs.
This is a donkeymentary - a humorous documentary about a small island with many donkeys. Lamu, just off the coast of Kenya, is the home of 24,000 people, 6,000 donkeys, just 2 cars and a 14-year-old donkey race champion, Shee Famao, whose fondest dream in life is nothing more than having a donkey of his own.
Shee, one of the most well known boys in Lamu, is a three time champion of the famous donkey races on the island, a place where everyone will inevitably get stuck in donkey traffic, where the largest humanitarian organization is a donkey hospital, and where the donkeys are the key to earning a living for the majority of people.
But the life of Shee is full of contrasts, he is the most popular, but also the poorest boy of the island, he is a schoolboy trapped with the responsibility of being a “providing father” for his family, he is criminal who is respected by his community and even the police, he is a hero of the island but without his victorious horse – the donkey!
WHAT IS A PEOPLE WITHOUT LAND?
Kathrin Gradt, Erwin Schweitzer, Martin Lintner | South Africa, Austria | 60 Min. | OV w/Engl.Subs.
Many South Africans perceive land as foundation for economic development, cultural expression und self-defined identity. Since the dawn of democracy in South Africa in 1994, people can claim land which was dispossessed during colonialism and apartheid. The documentary shows how indigenous Griqua people make use of these new legal opportunities to struggle for the restitution of their ancestral land. Through a range of cases in various provinces in South Africa the documentary illustrates the strong emotional bond between individual Griqua and their land. At the same time, these cases reveal the interrelation between land rights and cultural expression, development issues, education, livelihood as well as spirituality.
we would like to welcome you back to ETHNOCINECA's filmklub after our summer break. Due to recent developments we start our autumn edition, on September 17th, with a film on a pressing subject:
In those past days, around the beginning of September 2015, Austria was at it's best: public services, the police and the civil society joined forces in order to provide humanitarian aid and to welcome the - mostly Syrian - refugees, most of whom continued to travel to Germany. "Civil disobedience" has opened up new, formerly unthinkable, paths for pressing problems. But since an agreement on an EU-basis is still far off, an outlook for the coming months is unpredictable. This means, that there is still no hope for improvement of the situation of thousands of Syrian, Afghan, Pakistani and many other refugees who don't make it to our borders. In 2013 Anna Brass, from the Film and television school in Munich, followed the journey of three refugees and created this sensitive and insightful film - which, unfortunately is still as much a valid depiction of the situation as it was two years ago.
All donations received this evening will go to Caritas Austria to provide shelter for refugees.
Anna Brass | Greece, Germany 2013 | 79 Min. | OV w/Engl.Subs.
Like thousand others, three young Afghan refugees are stranded in front of the gates of Europe. The young men live in an isolated house near the Greek coast, where they have been waiting to find a way through the bureaucratic jungle of asylum procedures - often hiding away and avoiding immigration authorities. This is not only a film about pressing political questions, but one that allows us, by displaying a lot of sensitivity and intuition, to learn about their hopes and fears, in a situation where there future is completely uncertain.
Entry: voluntary donation (the money collected this evening will go to CARITAS Austria to help provide shelter for refugees)
Martin Gruber | Guinea 2013 | 8 Min. | OV w/Engl.Subs.
A small village on the coast of Guinea, West Africa. Missionaries settled here in their effort to bring Christianity to this Muslim dominated area. The villagers still speak warmly about their visitors. Nevertheless, the missionaries left after some years – seemingly in a rush, leaving behind many of their belongings. The film “Our Missionaries” tells the story of a misconceived intercultural encounter throgh the villagers’ memories and images of the missionaries’ material legacy.
Framing the Other
Ilja Kok, Willem Timmers | Aethiopia, Netherlands 2011 | 25 Min. | OV w/Engl.Subs.
The Mursi tribe resides in the basin of the Omo River, in the east African state of Ethiopia. Mursi women are known for placing large plates in their lower lips and wearing enormous, richly decorated earrings, which has become a subject of tourist attraction in recent years. Each year, hundreds of Western tourists come to see the unusually adorned Mursi; posing for camera-toting visitors has become the main source of income for them. To make more money, they embellish their “costumes” and finery to appear more exotic to those outsiders. However, by exaggerating their habits and lifestyle in such a manner they are beginning to cause their traditional culture to disintegrate. Framing the Other portrays the complex relationship between tourism and indigenous communities by revealing the intimate and intriguing thoughts of a Mursi woman from Southern Ethiopia and a Dutch tourist as they prepare to meet each other. This humorous, yet simultaneously uncomfortable, film shows the destructive impact tourism can have on traditional communities.
SINCE I WAS BORN
Laura Delle Piane | Palestine, France 2013 | 54 Min. | OV w/Engl.Subs.
Dheisheh refugee camp, West Bank. Over 13,000 people live in 1.5 square km. One of them is eleven year old Tamer. Like all his friends in the camp, Tamer dreams of liberating his country and about being a member of the resistance. His father and personal hero tries to protect his son from the dangers of life under Israeli occupation. But he also wants to help him fulfill his dream of seeing the sea, which is only 40 kilometers away but on the other side of the wall.
THE BASTARD SINGS THE SWEETEST SONG
Christy Garland | Guyana, Canada, Denmark 2012 | 71 Min | OV w/Engl.Subs.
Georgetown, Guyana, South America. Muscle is a busy man. He has his eye fixed firmly on the middle class, hoping to pull his extended family up with him. In the meantime, his birds need constant attending, as he ekes out a living raising fighting cocks and songbirds. And heʼs trying, not very successfully, to get his mother Mary off the booze. At 75, Mary has had a number of falls on her frequent stopovers outside the family compound, searching for drink. Mary drinks to forget, in particularly to drown out the night, which she has good reason to dread. Sheʼs still able to recite by heart some of her moving poems, to her family who listen with love and admiration. But her determination to thwart Muscle and his flawed attempts to control her drinking, has led her son to take more drastic action.
Spirits of Envy
Helene Basu | Indien/Deutschland 2013 | 83 Min. | OV w/Engl.Subs.
The idea that feelings of envy constitute moral threats to human bonds and personal well-being is widely shared across cultures, religions and historical periods. In contemporary India, people live in a competitive environment of a booming economy which produces winners and losers. Hindu and Islamic notions converge in translating envy into an aggressive, evil power enacted in practices of sorcery targeting at the ruin of success and a good life by attacking minds, bodies and persons’ wealth. The Sufi shrine of Mira Datar in Gujarat provides ritual healing and a refuge to those who became victims of black magic and subsequently suffer from madness or other illnesses, experience financial losses, homelessness, social ostracism and the breaking up of domestic and kinship relationships. The film presents an ethnography of the shrine by exploring the moral discourse of sorcery, afflictions of madness and practices of ritual healing through prayer and possession-trance. Priests share their knowledge of how black magic is done and removed, while afflicted women, men and caretaking relatives tell their own stories of suffering and spiritual deliverance. The protagonists’ narratives and performances provide insights into predicaments shared across religious boundaries as well as into a lived Islamic ethos which is rarely acknowledged in global media representations of Islam.