ETHNOKINO FORUM/ OUR COMMON (S) FUTURE
After the screening of "Ait Atta : Nomads of the High Atlas Mountains" , a forum discussion on how to govern the commons and enact gender sensitive societal transformation, through engaged scholarship.
ETHNOKINO KEYNOTE / PROF.DR.SHAHRAM KHOSRAVI "THE UNVISIBLE"
Shahram Khosravi Professor of Anthropology at Stockholm University has delivered a powerful and moving keynote speech at our ETHNOKINO’s 6th season of ethnographic films, during the gala screening of Global Science Film Festival. He addressed bordering practices rather than borders, and spoke of the right to opacity as a civilian act of resistance. Rather than the need to understand the other as a colonial demand he highlights how the colonial defines the other; as less, stateless, documentless, the lessnessness disqualifying the many from participation as political actors. He highlights a politics of the impossibility of seeing the other in her full visibility and in her humanity. Only death, qualifies the border transgressors to be visible , and of those survivors always to be punished. He speaks of decolonizing the gaze which is not a neutral act -predetermined by hierarchies, he calls anthropologists to undiscipline and reposition themselves in the ways they use terminologies, concepts and in the ways they (un)see the world, he warns not to fall into the potential trap of victimizing victimhood. Depicted in Jean Paul Sartre’s short play “Hell is the other people” and yet border crossing is a “refusal to be refused”.
ETHNOKINO POP UP Q&A AND CONVERSATION WITH LOTEN NAMLING
As we continue to stay at home, we made a virtual visit to Loten Namling ‘s home for a night 💫🌚Loten shared great stories and memories from his thirty years of spiritual activism as a Tibetan musician and human rights defender. He talked about his film Tibetan Warrior to not have a scripted story other then aiming to attract world's attention to the self immolations going on in Tibet , “a place and of its' people noone wants to talk about anymore” , says Loten, the inspiration and will behind his compassion. He talks of his warm relationship to the Dalai Lama and his commitment , to raise awareness on the Tibetan issue from exile.
ETHNOKINO: POP UP Q&A AND CONVERSATION WITH RAED ANDONI
Just very recently we asked Raed Andoni ,Berlin Ale Winner of Best Documentary Film, Ghost Hunting
"How do you feel about the lockdown?" of which we recorded the entire conversation at a Zoom meeting (see the link below), here is his response :
"As a Palestinian, I feel at home , I feel energised for having my survival soul being awakened, maybe this is sick but ask the people in Palestine they feel the same, Palestine has been under a lock down for ages, we are almost addicted to live like this under emergency situations in a war", he loughs:)
Rest of our conversation follows with Raed drawing similarities on his work with the theatre of the oppressed, he talks of his unique technique in film-making of restorying and re-narrating his unpleasant memories into good ones. With the reenactments of his imprisonment experience, he talks on the processes of his own transformation from the need to authority to the need of co-creation. He reflects on his major motivations in making this film which he treats as a psychoanalytical tool and as a platform creation for ex-prisoners to share and express their emotions. He tells the backstage stories behind their ghost hunting, of some moments and incidences that did not make it to the film. He concludes with how he has managed to change the hurtful past into a story of strength, resilience and triumph that came with great pride, glory and most importantly with healing.
His film Ghost Hunting is dedicated to 5,000 Palestinians who are currently inside the Israeli prisons, including 43 women and 180 children, 430 in administrative detention, 700 patients, 200 suffering from chronic diseases.
Thank you for participating from all around the world and making this happen!! In solidarity and peace