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Ethnographic Filmday 23 May 2024 13:00 - 17:00

You are warmly invited on the 23rd of May for our Ethnographic Film Day.

With the theme of “Revisiting”, this year we will set out on a journey of connecting and reconnecting to our research fields of recent years and of times long gone, rediscovering narratives and recollecting experiences that thoroughly revise our way of
engagement with the field, our methods, and the discipline of anthropology. We will be screening films, of course, as well as providing a platform for the exchange of thoughts and discussion with filmmakers and anthropologists. Join us at the Rialto VU venue!


13.00-13.15 Walk-in 

13.15 - 13.50 Our Own Pace
Women come to the walks to be at peace with themselves, and with other people,” Sophia tells me about the members of her walking group, Bristol Steppin Sistas. The group provides opportunities for local Black women and women of colour to explore rural and open spaces in the South West of England. It does so much more than that, though. In OUR OWN PACE, we walk and talk—alongside Sophia, Diana, Sabrina, and their fellow Sista walkers—through fields, up hills and across parks. Their stories are a powerful exploration of race and gender, social isolation, individual and collective healing, and connections with nature. The Sistas show us the importance of community and self-empowerment and, above all, that being in nature should play a key part in everyone’s lives. At its own pace, Bristol Steppin Sistas makes great strides toward a more inclusive outdoor space in England. 

13.50 - 14.30 Keynote Catarina Alves Costa
Catarina Alves Costa, a filmmaker and visual anthropologist since 1992, has garnered international acclaim for her documentary work. Currently a Professor of Visual Culture at Nova University in Lisbon, she holds a PhD from the same institution and an MA from the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology. She also collaborates with postgraduate programs in Barcelona, São Paulo, and Mexico City. 14.30-14.45 Break 

14.45 -15.15 Burst out
What happens if the places we claimed as our own have become inaccessible once again? How do these places live on in our memory? This visceral documentary takes place after the heyday of the 17 October uprising in Lebanon, when three upcoming artists enter the Egg, an abandoned brutalist building in downtown Beirut. The Egg is a former cinema, built in 1966, that has been closed nearly the entire time since its construction. Yet Lebanese people occupied the space during the 17 October uprising in 2019 within months of protests against Lebanon’s degrading economic and political circumstances. In their own artistic rendering, three artists seek to interpret their memories and feelings toward the Egg. 

15.15 - 16.25 Margot by Catarina Alves Costa
Between 1958 and 1961, Margot Dias undertook four ethnographic missions to northern Mozambique, capturing unique visual and sound recordings of Makonde culture. This film explores her life from her youth in 1920s Germany to her marriage to Portuguese ethnologist Jorge Dias and their joint expeditions in the Portuguese colony. As she reunites with the Makonde people today and shares her footage, the director seeks the gaze of the other director, whom she knew at the end of her life. 

16.30 - 17.00 Q&A Dr. Roos Dorsman
Dr. Roos Dorsman, a Dutch cultural anthropologist, completed her BA in Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies at Radboud University in Nijmegen, followed by additional studies at the University of Utrecht and Universidad de Granada. She earned her MA in Anthropology of Mobility back in Nijmegen. In 2021, she received her PhD from the Université libre de Bruxelles.
For her PhD research on contemporary voodoo, Roos spent a year in New Orleans, where she was deeply influenced by the vibrant colors and meaningful encounters with the Mardi Gras Indians. Her research addresses debates on the legacy of slavery, traumatic memory, migration, cultural heritage, authenticity, and identity construction.

17.00 - 18.00 Drinks at Grand Cafe Living

About Ethnographic Filmday

Starting date

  • 23 May 2024


  • 13:00 - 17:00


  • Rialto@VU


  • De Boelelaan 1111
  • 1081HV Amsterdam

Organised by

  • Department of Anthropology


  • English