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The 8th Anthropological Film Festival

The Jerusalem Cinematheque, together with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University, are working to promote documentary films with ethnographic orientation. These films use cinematic techniques in order to demonstrate the complexity and difficulties of the lives of individuals and communities around the world, the relationship between the human and non-human, and the social political and financial aspects of these relationships.

The screenings are accompanied by lectures and talks with some of the filmmakers.

Come join us, come and be part of the world we live in.

Strip and War

Dir.: Andrei Kutsila
| 68 minutes

On the outskirts of Minsk, Belarus, a grandfather and grandson share a small apartment. The pro-Soviet grandfather is fighting to preserve his history. The grandson is now an erotic dancer. The centrality of the body and the meaning of masculinity both connect divide them.

Speaker (in Heb.): Dr. Claudia Kedar, The Hebrew University

River Silence

Dir.: Rogério Soares
| 90 minutes

The construction of the Belo Monte dam in Brazil’s Amazonas displaced over 40,000 people. Everything they built disappeared when the river was diverted. In the city, where they moved to, the promises of a new life clash with new plights. 

Red, White & Wasted

Dir.: Andrei Bowden Schwartz, Sam B. Jones
| 89 minutes

In Orlando, Florida, Mudding is a favorite pastime. Video Pat has been recording this spectacle for years, and has practically raised his daughters out in the mud hole. But now Pat must reconsider this way of life.

Pastures New

Dir.: Anne Schiltz, Charlotte Grégoire
| 93 minutes

| In a small village in the heart of Transylvania, residents shift between ways of life designed centuries ago and the challenges of the 21st century. Pastures New offers a direct, surprising, and sometimes stunning look at Europe today.

Opening Event

Opening remarks and musical performance


Dir.: Alessandro Cassigoli, Casey Kauffman
| 80 minutes

Italy’s first Olympic female boxer grew up and trained in Naples’s toughest neighborhoods. Irma Testa is a fighter, and every day is a struggle – against herself, against her background, against expectations. 

Speaker (in Heb.): Shahar Shiloach, Tel Aviv University

Sheep Hero

Dir.: Ton van Zantvoort
| 81 minutes

Nowadays, little remains of the romance and peace that we associate with the centuries-old tradition of sheepherding. Can Stijn, one of the last remaining Dutch shepherds working in traditional ways, find a path to retain these customs?

Speaker (in Heb.): Dr. Michal Komen, Sapir Academic College

Scheme Birds

Dir.: Ellen Fiske
| 86 minutes

Gemma’s parents abandoned her at an early age. Her grandfather tried to do his best. In this Scottish town, where the sole source of livelihood has closed, there is not much to do. It’s bad for adults and even worse for the younger generation. 

Conversation with director Prof. Lisbet Holtedahl, Visual Anthropology, Department of Social Sciences, UiT The Arctic University of Tromso, Norway

The Chateau

Dir.: Lisbet Holtedahl
| 117 minutes

The film follows Cameroonian industrialists, Al Hajji Mohamadou Ousmanou Abbo, for ten years, in which he is working on the project of a lifetime – the construction of a magnificent residential complex for his family.

Screening in the presence of director Annette Berger

Closer to God

Dir.: Annette Berger, Grete Jentzen
| 85 minutes

In the Indian subcontinent, Saami is a master musician who is committed to his ancient heritage and its preservation. Gogha Sain seeks to place his existence entirely at the service of God. The focus of these two lives – traditional music and heavenly work – unfolds and revealed. 

Romantic Imagery of the Primitive

A conversation (in Heb.) between Dr. Dan Geva and Prof. Tamar Elor

In the Land of the Head Hunters

Dir.: Edward Curtis
| 65 minutes

The camera was the tool through which Edward Curtis studied his immediate surroundings and set out to explore distant environments. He left behind an unprecedented volume of precious documentation of Native Americans from eighty different tribes and one film that has become his heritage.

Speaker (in Heb.): Dr. Udi Halperin, Tel Aviv University. Conversation with director Prof. Hans Frode Storaas

A Kali Temple Inside Out

Dir.: Dipesh Kharel, Frode Storaas
| 83 minutes

follow the daily rituals of a Kali temple in the city of Kanpur. The daily work done by the shaman and his devotees reveals that the boundaries of the temple are fragile. The film flavors the political discourse on religious conflicts in India with various spices. 

Speaker (in Heb.): Eliran Arazi, The Hebrew University


Dir.: César Alejandro Jaimes, Juan Pablo Polanco
| 75 minutes

In the middle of the Guajira Desert, Doris, a young indigenous Wayuu woman, exhumes her cousin’s remains in order to meet her for the last time. Through a sensory journey this ritual leads her to confront death and blend the world of dreams with the world of the living. 

The Last Autumn

Dir.: Yrsa Roca Fannberg
| 78 minutes

This is the last time Úlfar’s sheep will descend from their summer pasture to the farm. The Icelandic farmer’s children and grandchildren chose to move to the city. The breathtaking scenery and routine captured on screen provide artistic flavors to the economic benefits that the island provides to the family. 

Speaker (in Heb.): Dr. Anat Rosenthal, Ben-Gurion University

Buddha in Africa

Dir.: Nicole Schafer
| 90 minutes

Enock Alu, a Malawian orphan, is only one of the many orphans that live and are educated in Buddhist orphanages around the African continent – discipline, language, and manners are all imported from China. A thought-provoking portrait of education and identity in the age of globalization. 

Speaker (in Heb.): Lena Russovski

School of Seduction

Dir.: Alina Rudnitskaya
| 97 minutes

Educated and independent women are forced to recognize that the path to a better life is through an established and stable man. With bitter-sweet moments that evoke both resentment and empathy, the camera follows three women enrolled in the School of Seduction to learn tactics that will bring them closer to this target.