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Friday 18 June | 17:00 - 19:00 |  Frauenraum Reitschule

EthnoKino Shorts


EK Shorts is a platform dedicated to the work of young filmmakers, students and amateurs. Through a call for submissions we invite filmmakers to present and discuss their latest short documentary film. An experienced jury will attend the screening and give constructive feedback on the aspects of  research, storytelling, camera  work and editing. 

This year’s jury members are Darcy Alexandra (visual anthropologist, filmmaker, poet), Laura Coppens (social anthropologist, documentary filmmaker), Samer Angelone (filmmaker & biologist, founder of Global Science Film Festival).

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Thermoplastische Elastomere. A Christmas Film

Melinda Rieder | 2020 | 11 min


This is a plastic based essay film.
With the help of a green pair of eyes the film deals with our future, influenced by artificial intelligence and other constantly developing technologies.
How will this future be impacted by the fact that the mundane life of many people is shaped by more and more “smart” objects, which influence our decisions and at the same time collect data? What happens with human relationships and gender stereotypes when we can freely form bodies and order them to our homes? And what if we fall in love with them?

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Anna Fersztand | 2020 | 11 min


A man of Jewish origin, who survived the concentration camps, begins to tell his granddaughter the story of his youth. Gradually, he manages to reconstruct his genealogy despite its many gaps. As the tree grows, family members from all over the world are added to it. As the story unfolds, the granddaughter realizes the importance of passing it on to the next generations. In order to protect the weakened grandfather, they put themselves together in quarantine following the Corona pandemic.


Bélier (The Ram)

Lucien Roux et Matthias Joulaud | 2020 | 4 min


"Didier owns 9 ewes and 1 ram. When the time comes to change them from one field to another, he calls on Pécano, who comes to help him.
Dider takes great care of his animals, spoiling them a little too much. Pécano, on the other hand, does not make manners.

One speaks badly a little too much, the other is deaf and mute."


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Home Soon Come

Hope Strickland | 2020 | 20 min


Home Soon Come is part of an on-going project with the elderly Caribbean community in South Manchester. The film plays between archival footage of the Caribbean islands, interviews with family members and scenes shot in a day centre for the elderly. It explores diasporic movements, memory-placing through domestic objects and what it means to find ourselves at home in the people around us.



Esraa Shaalan | 2021 | 4 min


"478" - an advised breathing technique is supposedly calming for disturbing thoughts - Only if the thoughts are allowed to be spoken out. In "478", the question of space and traditional therapy for political trauma is tackled in spoken Egyptian Arabic, highlighting a particular emotion that accompanies loss and grief: Guilt. A raw project challenging the utopian idea of the presentation of strength, a reality that has to be seen.

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Die Zunge der Blume (The Tongue of the Flower)
Raymond Diaz | 2021 | 10 min


Discover things in a new language, things that are part of you and become a living memory and even after going to different places, they keep asking, they keep looking for us.



J’étais un enfant qu’on voyait pas (I was an Invisible Child)

Daniela Wildi | 2020 | 25 min


In Switzerland, tens of thousands of children, adolescents and adults, were placed in foster care or admitted to closed institutions, despite their innocence. The exploitation and violence, both physical and emotional, experienced by foster children, left a severe impact on many which accompanied them for life.

The documentary « J'étais un enfant qu'on ne voyait pas » by Daniela Wildi reports on a repressed chapter in Swiss social history from the perspective of those affected. Four people speak about their experiences before, during and after the placement.

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