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How to remain hidden behind or below, unheard in plain sight? How (not) to be seen?

The politics of in:visibility are multi-folded for where there is a house front, there may just as well be an abyss in the backyard and from underneath where there was seemingly nothing a mushroom may unexpectedly grow. Mechanical lenses from above are watching too and the human ability to hear does not necessarily entail conscious listening. Ethnography is about paying close attention to perception, it is about the “arts of noticing” and we invite you to take up this challenge with EthnoKino.

In this autumn season we explore how films engage with the realms of the in:visible in many different ways. By portraying people, voices, stories and subjects that are underrepresented, by broaching the issue of invisible, spiritual dimensions, by illuminating the processes of filmmaking themselves, by zooming in on microscopic worlds or by interrogating the complexity of an objective point of view, focusing on the connection between cameras and surveillance.


Thursday 30 September 20:00: Films + Q&A with Filmmakers

ALLA BUA (Zoë Beer, Switzerland/Italy 2021, 29 min)

In this short documentary, Maria, Lele and Flavia share their experiences of illness and healing. Through playing, dancing or listening to “Pizzica”, a music and dance in Southern Italy, they enter an in-between-world where trance states, visions, the invisible and the holy provoke a cure they call “alla bua”.

To Love and Live in the Times of Corona (Pandurang Sagbhor, Katerina Calounová, Nimal Bourloud, Switzerland/India/Czech Republic 2020, 35 min)

A collaborative autoethnographic project of research and filmmaking in Delhi, Prague and Bern. The idea was simple: Individually we would set out to record short film clips of our daily lives in the times of increasing loneliness and exchange them with each other over the internet.

Thursday 21 October 19:00: Film + Q&A with Filmmakers

Writing with Fire (Rintu Thomas & Sushmit Ghosh, India 2021, 94 min)

In a cluttered news landscape dominated by men, emerges India's only newspaper run by Dalit (‘low caste’) women. Armed with smartphones, Chief Reporter Meera and her journalists break traditions, be it on the frontlines of India's biggest issues or within the confines of their homes, redefining what it means to be powerful.


"The most inspiring journalism movie - maybe ever" - The Washington Post

Thursday 16 September 19:30: Film + Discussion with ask!

A Colombian Family (Tanja Wol Sørensen, Denmark / Colombia 2019, 80 min)

After years in exile, Yira returns to her homeland Colombia and meets with her mother again. A peace agreement between the FARC social revolutionaries and the government appears to have put an end to the civil war. A portrait of a complex mother-daughter relationship that is threatened by political ideals and the fate of a country.

The first screening of our upcoming Fall season takes place in collaboration with ask! Arbeitsgruppe Schweiz-Kolumbien ( and will be followed by a discussion in German.