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October 2017

The Block: film screening with director Maria Șalaru

10th October 2017, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy Street
London, W1T 5BT United Kingdom
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From neighbourly disputes over garlic-heavy cooking to memories of Ceaușescu’s heatless winters, "The Block" explores the rich social and material universe of a Romanian apartment building. Maria Șalaru will speak about the film, which she produced as part of her PhD in Cultural and Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford.

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Goldsmiths MA Visual Anthropology: end of year screening

21st October 2017, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy Street
London, W1T 5BT United Kingdom
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4PM – 5:15PM Misia Zoccoli - Where is home (20’) A woman in the street can be everyone, and a smile can hide many experiences. A single-person ethnography, this short film is based on the idea of discovering of the past and asserting the present. Eleanor Veness - Because She Can (23’) - Q&A A film set in Palestine that follows the history and lives of a group of women between Jerusalem and Hebron, West Bank. Emir Syazwan - Where…

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Carnival, King of Europe: DVD launch & presentation

27th October 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy Street
London, W1T 5BT United Kingdom
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Giovanni Kezich of the Ethnographic Museum of San Michele all'Adige (Italy) will join us to speak about the project Carnival King of Europe, which aims to bring into light the important similarities that can be observed among specific aspects of Carnivals and winter fertility rituals across different areas of Europe. A selection of films from the collection will be screened.

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November 2017

Travel: film screening with director Nick Mai

7th November 2017, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy Street
London, W1T 5BT United Kingdom
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Joy left Nigeria to help her family after her father’s death. She knew that she was going to sell sex in France, but she was unaware of the degree of exploitation that she would face. With the help of an association she obtains asylum, but to help her family and live her life, she continues selling sex. This documentary ethnofiction was co-written by Nicola Mai and 8 Nigerian women with experiences of migration, sex work and trafficking. Nick will be present to speak about the film and his work.

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How do you see me? Screening and discussion with filmmaker Nariman Massoumi

28th November 2017, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy Street
London, W1T 5BT United Kingdom
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How do you see me? is a quietly observed documentary portrait of the filmmaker’s mother, Manijeh, an Iranian immigrant who has lived in Britain since the 1980s. Nariman Massoumi will present his research and screen the film.

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January 2018

Observation and Participation: Rossella Schillaci presents her films Sea Boundary and Ghetto PSA

January 30, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy Street
London, W1T 5BT United Kingdom
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VISUAL ANTHROPOLOGY SERIES Rossella Schillaci, a prolific documentary filmmaker and anthropologist trained at the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, will present two of her films (Sea Boundary and Ghetto PSA) and speak about the different filmic approaches that she uses in her work. Many of her films (Other Europe, Sea Boundary, Imprisoned Lullaby) employ a restrained and elegant observational style to explore themes of migration and search for identity. With Ghetto PSA however she embraced a participative approach that led…

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February 2018

The Desert Prince – screening and discussion with Howard Reid and Jeremy Keenan

February 6, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy Street
London, W1T 5BT United Kingdom
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THE WORLD OF GEO SERIES The Desert Prince Director: Howard Reid, 1994.  1995 Best Documentary Golden Gate Award. San Francisco International Film Festival. UK PREMIERE With Director Howard Reid,  Series Producer André Singer and Social Anthropologist Jeremy Keenan.  The film is a portrait of the renowned Tuareg leader Mano Dayak and his people, both traditional nomads and armed insurgent militia who, at the time of filming,had rebelled against the Nigerien government. A series of severe droughts had forced many Tuareg to abandon their traditional grazing…

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When multilingualism is your mother tongue: the documentary Kanraxël and associated teaching resources

February 20, 6:00 am - 8:30 pm
Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy Street
London, W1T 5BT United Kingdom
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On the eve of world mother tongue day, we would like to take you on a journey to Agnack, at tiny village in the south of the West African country of Senegal. Places like Agnack defy the widespread Western conception of multilingualism as a modern phenomenon widespread in urban areas and associated with growing mobility and migration in an era of recent globalisation. Multilingualism in Agnack, as in many rural areas worldwide, is age-old, as is globalisation, which started there…

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Journeys through Colour: experimentation, realism and artifice in non-fiction travel film

February 27, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy Street
London, W1T 5BT United Kingdom
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A study of colour in film – its multifarious technologies and practices - offers a way to question a teleological film history of innovations, in which each technology is read retrospectively as a response to the technical limit of its predecessors.

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March 2018

What can anthropologists learn from documentary film-art practices ‘made in India’?

March 20, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Royal Anthropological Institute, 50 Fitzroy Street
London, W1T 5BT United Kingdom
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This book maps a hundred years of documentary film practices in India. It demonstrates that in order to study the development of a film practice, it is necessary to go beyond the classic analysis of films and filmmakers and focus on the discourses created around and about the practice in question.

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