LIFE IS LIVED SO MANY PLACES
Exams films by Visual Anthropology students at the University in Tromsø.
PROGRAM / SCREENING SCHEDULE:
17.00 - 18.10
AWOUDOU WAYS OF SEEING | Tezore Amandine | 37 mins.
Boko Haram forced several thousand people to flee their natal village as the assailants decimated many communities along the Cameroonian border to Nigeria. Among the victims, Awoudou’s entire family was killed during an attack in Kolofata in 2016. Awoudou avoided death because he was on business travel the day of the attack. That night, Boko Haram seized his pride, his whole family, his business and then few weeks later he even lost his sight. AWOUDOU WAYS OF SEEING is a film on his daily life in a camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in Zamai, Mayo Tsanaga Division, Cameroon. The film reveals how he struggles to start a living despite all the challenges. His fights for survival go beyond his sorrow, solitude and handicap. Belonging to a different ethnic and religious group than most other camp dwellers does not ease his acceptance from the others living in the camp.
LADDÉ SALORI: THE IMPOSSIBLE LIFE IN THE BUSH | Hamidou Hamidou | 35 mins.
The film portrays three Fulani refugees’ brothers from the Central African Republic living in Meidougou, a small village in rural Cameroon. Due to violence and abduction by criminals throughout the large bush areas in the region, they can no longer live their traditional pastoralists way of life. The days of freedom and wealth are over and their large herds have disappeared. Their cattle have been sold away to pay ransoms. The nomads had to flee and have been forced to settle. They are obliged to start cultivating and to send their children to school. Adapting to a monetary economy in sedentary lifestyle is challenging and humiliating to them.
18.10 - 18.25: DISCUSSIONS
18.25 - 19.25
ANAK HUTAN: BOUNDARIES | Henriette Schumann Dybwad | 26 mins.
In the Indonesian village of Bukit Lawang, livelihoods largely depend upon tourism. For the young men of the village, guiding western tourists through the vast Gunung Leuser National Park is the only career path that promises an economic future. The film follows three young men who have become professional guides, Iruel, Amin and Muss. Their work has brought them identity, status and increasing conflict with the Islamic values of their community. “In Bukit Lawang, western tourists are everywhere.” Iruel tells us. “They drink beer in the restaurants. We get attracted to them, so we break the rules.” As their economic dependence on tourism grows, so does the conflict between rural Indonesian culture and changes brought about by the increasing presence of Western eco-tourists. In the vast landscape of the Sumatran jungle, Iruel, Amin and Muss, navigate the landscape of their interior lives, the conflicts, relationships and the push and pull of two conflicting cultures that continually shape their future.
DIAMONDS IN THE TRASH | Lankissa Tizi Pierre | 34 mins.
This is a film about teenage garbage collectors in Ngaoundéré, a city in northern Cameroon. It tells an intimate story of Dembélé an orphan, which since the death of his mother in 2015, has become responsible for his own life. His life is set in the streets with other youths collecting scrap. Dirty, sleeping in left-behind bus wreck, addicted to various drugs, they belong to a growing but highly stigmatised group of youths in Ngaoundéré. Reflecting over life Dembélé says "It is crap that is our future."
19.25 - 19.40: DISCUSSIONS
19.40 - 20.40
INTI WASI | Magnus Døvigen | 30 mins.
INTI WASI is the story of an indigenous Ecuadorian Saraguro family. They are on a journey of rediscovery of traditional Andean culture, after five hundred years of oppression following the Spanish conquest. Challenging the values of their Catholic upbringing and entering into the world of ancestral medicine, Inti and his family seek healing for body and mind and the strength to face their difficult history. In the vast Andean mountain landscape, they work to develop their tourist center while reawakening ancient Andean values that teach one how to live on the earth with respect, reverence and joy. INTI WASI is about a close-knit family with the courage to reclaim the culture that was taken from their people by the Spanish Conquistadors. “Five hundred years of resistance later,” Inti tells us, “we are still here, still alive.”
DJEBBA'S CABARET | Magouo Tainon Ghislaine | 28 mins.
DJEBBA'S CABARET is the portrait of a young woman that brew bilbil (Traditional millet beer) which she sells in her small cabaret. Djebba is trained as a teacher but has been unable to find work. To survive in the big city of Ngaoundéré (Cameroon), she brews and sells millet beer to make a living, just as her mother back home in her rural village. Djebba has won the loyalty of a large number of customers with whom she shares very familiar relationships. Her cabaret has become an important meeting place in the neighbourhood. Djebba's business allows her to live on a daily basis but she still hopes that one day she will finally be able to work as a teacher.
20.40 - 21.00: DISCUSSIONS
21.00 - 21.55
TELL MODY | Mostafa Al Sayed | 24 mins.
Between his homeland in Egypt and his exile in Germany, Ahmed Saeed is trying to maintain his connection with his son although all the boundaries. The film is trying to explore the world of the Egyptian diaspora in Berlin by displaying different aspects of Ahmed's life.
TRADITIONAL ARTIFACTS IN A CATHOLIC CHURCH | Barama Yahagar | 31 mins.
The Catholic church in Bijeskawé in Northern Cameroon is particular. It uses traditionalist objects in church. This film follows the traces of Baba Simon, a native Cameroonian Catholic missionary, who came to the Far North of Cameroon in the 1950ties, wishing to spread the gospel. He met with the various ethnic who recently had migrated from the steep mountains and settled on the plains. They showed him their religious practices and their sacred objects, which they were very attached. This film is told by Yaouba Alphonse who was trained by Baba Simon as a catechist. Yaouba becomes an extension of Baba Simon’s desire to establish the Catholic Church in Bigeskawé, based on tradition. Yaouba shows us how he and his people have adapted on the plains with a church who have included objects and practices from their tradition.
21.55 - 22.10: DISCUSSIONS
22.10 - 22.40
ACCUEIL: BEHIND THE STORIES | Renato Duque Butinhao | 30 mins.
During my fieldwork in Ngaoundéré, Cameroon, I joined a local theater club to create "Accueil", a collaborative ethnofictional film. ACCUEIL: BEHIND THE STORIES shows the making of that project under the structure of a hierarchically organized theater group. The various ideas for depicting the given theme of welcoming/receiving (accueil, in French) were funneled to this story of a family of foreigners being attacked by a local who was not aware that his father had let them stay. A mediator takes them to the chief of the village, who solves the quarrel and has them become friends. In every society, oral tradition has been responsible for transmitting to the younger generations concepts that build their ethics, morality and code of conduct through tales, fables and legends. This innate characteristic is present in this dramatization whose objective is to teach people about how Cameroon welcomes those who arrive there, including myself.
22.40 - 23.00: DISCUSSIONS
Admission to the screening is free, but all audiences must collect an online free ticket. Use the link "Kjøp billett" above.