Set in the ever changing landscape of Barton Glebe – a Christian woodland burial site near Cambridge, UK. Through conversations with people who have various relationships to the site, Earth to Earth: Natural Burial and the Church of England explores changing attitudes towards death, disposal and relationships with the landscape. With beautiful sound and images of the minutiae of nature shot on location, the film immerses us in the therapeutic possibilities of 'nature' for the grieving process, and the freedom it allows for diverse and original expressions of memorial and grief. Through anecdote from those who have invested significance in this landscape, we see how it engenders both a sense of continuity and continued relationship with the deceased, and the possibility of reconceiving part of the self in terms of one's funeral destiny. We see how a burial site really can feel so full of life.
Sarah Thomas is a Visual Anthropologist and film maker. She spent much of her youth in Kenya, which allowed her to experience first hand that there are many ways of seeing the world. Her interest in people led her to a degree in Anthropology and subsequently a Masters in Visual Anthropology at the Granada Centre Manchester, in 2003. Her graduation film, 'After The Rains Came: Seven short stories about objects and lifeworlds', saw her return to Kenya, and has had screenings at festivals worldwide.
She has since worked on multiple ethnographic films for a research project about migration and visual culture at Tate Britain gallery London, and in 2008 made 'Hannah Frank: The Spark Divine' – a biographical documentary to mark the centenary exhibition of Glasgow Jewish Artist Hannah Frank.
Her latest film, Earth to Earth: Natural Burial and The Church of England is now touring the international film festival circuit and being used within the field of Death Studies and among professionals in the Natural Burial industry.
Lost down Memory Lane
is the first documentary about living with Alzheimer’s, as seen through
the eyes of the people who suffer from it. The characters live together
under constant supervision and care, in an apartment called Iduna. This
is a somewhat unusual department of The Bijster, a nursing home for
people with dementia in Essen, near Antwerp in Belgium. The eight
residents of Iduna are – scientifically considered – in the first phase
of the disease: flurries of lucidity, falling into oblivion and
forgetfulness, alternate constantly. These eight individuals are
followed during one year. The different narrative levels are the daily
routine, the braking of it and the characters' life stories. At the end
of the film, the characters are not the same. Not only because their
illness has changed them, but also because of their advanced disease,
they may have disappeared completely, physically or mentally.
Klara Van Es studied Art History and built up an impressive career as radio- and television producer. She has worked as a reporter, journalist, director and editor in chief of several television production companies. She taught (art) history and reviewed books and exhibitions on (contemporary) art for public radio. With Lost Down Memory Lane Klara introduces herself as a documentary film maker. The experience she gained in film and radio producing, allows her to tell the stories in her own quirky way.
Stéphane Breton (1959) is an ethnologist and documentary filmmaker. He is a specialist in Melanesia. He is a lecturer at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris), where he teaches anthropology and documentary filmmaking. As part of a general anthropology of Melanesia, he has studied West Papua (Indonesian province of Papua, New Guinea Island) – wodani language and ethnography. His research interests include witchcraft, trade and currency,ethnolinguistics, body and sexuality, but also museography and image, documentary film and television.
A French non-fiction filmmaker and anthropologist (who teaches at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris), Stéphane Breton does camera work and sound recording for his films,that he shoots alone in remote parts of the world (West Papua, Kyrghyzstan, New Mexico, Nepal, and hopefully next time in Siberia), but also also in the street down the block where he lives in Paris. His films include “Them and Me” (2001), “Heaven in a Garden” (2003), “A Silent Summer” (2005), “The Outside World” (2007), “Night Rising on Clouds” (2007), “The Empty House” (2008), “Ascent to the Sky” (2009). He has published several books: The masquerade of gender (1989, anthropological essay); Rivers motionless (travelogue in New Guinea). Men appointed mist (with Jean-Louis Motte) (1991, photo album and travelogue in New Guinea).
Them and Me
(original title: “Eux et moi”, 63 min, 2001, France, West Papua)
Shot behind the scenes, from the point of view of a subjective camera, the film shows the ambiguous relations and negotiations of the ethnologist with the wodani people who live in the small hamlet lost in the mountains of New Guinea where he did his fieldwork.
The Empty House
(original title: “La maison vide”, 52 min, 2008, New Mexico – USA)
Shot like a western without a gun, at a drunkard’s distance, the film takes place in New Mexico (USA) among an ancient Spanish community eaten to rack and ruin by rust, beer, and dust storms.
Ascent to the Sky
(original title: “La montée au ciel”, 52 min, 2008, Nepal)
In a small valley in Nepal, at the end of a path worn out by so many feet and so many centuries, two old shepherds escape from their village to climb the mountains. Shit all around, purity of heart, bedazzlement.
Retrospective is supported by Centre of Excellence in Cultural Theory (EU, Regional Development Fund).
Estonian film will
celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2012. This year’s Worldfilm
festival decided to mark this event with two special programs:
“Life at the coast of the gulf of riga” will bring to a screen films that have captured fading Livonian nation and life on tiny Ruhnu island through 20. century.
(dir. Theodor Luts, Theodor Luts Film Production 1931) 17 min
(dir. Andres Sööt, Tallinfilm 1965) 10 min
From the Livonian Coast
(original title: “Liivi rannikult”, Eesti Kultuurfilm 1940, text by dr. hist. Ferdinand Linnus) 10 min
On the coast of Livonia
(original title: “Liivi rannal”, dir. Endel Nõmberg, Eesti Telefilm 1966) 20 min
(original title: Liivlaste lood”, dir. Enn Säde, Eesti Telefilm 1991) 30 min
“Peoples from close and far away” recalls the seventies and eighties in Estonian documentary, when search for the roots and identity turned some filmmakers attention to Finno-Ugric peoples and other peoples in the North. Two less known films by legendary Estonian filmmakers Peeter Tooming and Mark Soosaar and Lennart Meri’s enchanting “Shaman” are on the screen.
(original title: “Elamise lugu,” dir. Peeter Tooming, Tallinfilm 1980) 10 min
(original title: “Tuhandeaastane muusika”, dir. Mark Soosaar, Eesti Telefilm 1976−1978) 40 min
(Original title: “Šamaan”, dir. Lennart Meri, 1977/1997) 22 min
2004 Production manager. Since 1994 part-time teaching at “Kulturama” film academy.
Each year, when the dry season reaches its peak in Southern Ethiopia, the Borana herders gather with their livestock around their ancient wells.
Huge hand-excavated craters, known as “singing wells”, allow them to survive during the long annual droughts. Here, every day, the young shepherds form human chains, allowing them to reach the depths of the well and bring up the water. Their work is accompanied by a song which seems to draw the great herds as they slowly come near, after days of walking in a dry land.
The documentary follows the Borana life throughout the drought until the long-awaited rain comes.
Through interaction with several characters, the film introduces us to a unique water management system that allows the Borana shepherds to manage the small quantity of available water as the property and right of everyone.
Nobody can be denied to access water, neither the herders of an enemy tribe in need.
While all around the world the access to drinkable water is still not considered a fundamental human right, the Borana deserve a special attention for the extraordinary way in which they guarantee general and indiscriminate access to water in one of the driest inhabited regions on earth.
Paolo Barberi, Ravenna 1968, Anthropologist and filmmaker, teaches cultural anthropology at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. He founded in 2004 the Esplorare la Metropoli Researchers and Filmmakers Association together with Riccardo Russo, co director with him of the documentary film The Well, Water voices from Ethiopia.
2009 Città di mezzo (In Beetween City) - Special Award at ROME DOCSCIENT.
2011 The Well - Water voices from Ethiopia.
Riccardo Russo, 1974, is an Italian independent filmmaker working in the field of social documentary production.
With a PhD in Human Geography and a specialization in Audiovisuals for Human Rights, he founded in 2004 the Esplorare la Metropoli Researchers and Filmmakers Association together with Paolo Barberi, co director with him of the documentary film The Well, Water voices from Ethiopia. During the last years he has released several publications and documentary films on socio-environmental themes and human rights, in Europe, South America, Africa and Oceania.
2002 L’altra Faccia di eGoli (The other face of Egoli) - AUDIENCE PRICE, ROMA DOCFEST 2003 Lipompong - CHATWIN PRIZE 2003.
2006 L’altro Lazio
2007 La preghiera del minatore di Opale (Opal Miner's Prayer) – MIGRANT MEMORY PRIZE 2011 Piazza Tiburtino Terzo (Tiburtino Terzo Square).
2011 The Well - Water voices from Ethiopia.
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