The Ethnografilm Festival

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Marie's Dictionary

Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee / US Native American / 10 Min

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This short documentary tells the story of Marie Wilcox, the last fluent speaker of the Wukchumni language and the dictionary she created in an effort to keep her language alive.

Measure Up

Jess Pardoe / UK / 11 Min

Plus vs straight size is an ongoing battle, but why must we discriminate and separate them? Documentary about sizes in the plus size modelling industry, media representation, and body confidence.


Emilia Rüf / Senegal/Finland / 23 Min

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Meïssa is a portrait of Meïssa Fall a Senegalese bicycle repairman, artist and philosopher. The camera follows Meïssa on his daily ventures juggling between the identities of an artist and that of a mechanic. At a metal workshop, under the supervision of the artist, workers transform abandoned metal parts into imaginative sculptures and masks. Through his down to earth philosophy Meïssa explores the role of the artist in society and the meaning of making art as leaving a trace in the world.

Memory of Forgotten War

Deann Borshay Liem, Ramsay Liem / Korea / 38 Min

Memory of Forgotten War conveys the human costs of military conflict through deeply personal accounts of the Korean War (1950-53) by four Korean-American survivors. Their stories take audiences through the trajectory of the war, from extensive bombing campaigns, to day-to-day struggle for survival and separation from family members across the DMZ. Decades later, each person reunites with relatives in North Korea, conveying beyond words the meaning of family loss. These stories belie the notion that war ends when the guns are silenced and foreshadow the future of countless others displaced by ongoing military conflict today


Melody Howse / Germany / 6 Min

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Machinima and visual interpretation of the online experience of motivation.

Natural Selection

Cynthia Cazañas Garín / Cuba / 12 Min

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This documentary reflects the mistreatment of animals, mainly dogs and cats, which is an usual and insensible practice today in Cuba. These practices are the direct result of Cuba's lack of an Animal Protection Act.

The Network Keeper

David Dufresne-Denis / Canada / 5 Min

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In Haute-Gaspésie (Qc), it is still impossible to get a high-speed Internet connection in some areas. Thankfully, there is Ginette and her trusty relay system.

Nicobar, a long way…

Richa Hushing / Nicobar / 60 Min

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Deep in the Bay of Bengal, the Nicobar archipelago, a tribal reserve protected under Andaman and Nicobar Protection of Aboriginal Tribes Regulation, was one of the worst hit by the Tsunami of 26th December 2004. Self-subsistent and relatively isolated, post Tsunami the aboriginal world was suddenly invaded by unprecedented aid, developmental initiatives and mainstream integration. The film observes Nicobarese identity and cultural resilience.

Nobody Home

michal bentovim / Israel / 58 Min

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Mount of Olives – overlooking Temple Mount and the absent Holy Temple. Tradition proclaims this is the closest point on earth to heavenly sanctity, and burial here ensures proximity to eternity. Yet among the tombs we find the living: those who have chosen this holy mount for their home, who have elected to live in the shadow of death in the hope of finding redemption. This is an impressionistic portrait of a holy mount shrouded in history and prophecy, the people who live on it, and their search for meaning, faith and calling.

Not Black Enough

Tracey Anarella / US / 57 Min

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A Film by Tracey Anarella Not Black Enough is a film about class warfare and the cross-tides that African-Americans are dealing with within the black community. The film takes a sometimes humorous, always personal, brutally honest and insightful look into a seldom-explored phenomenon that is pervasive in the black culture- The ostracizing of blacks for being Not Black Enough. Not Black Enough, a feature length documentary, will explore the reasons behind this practice of fear and loathing internal to the black community.

Ocumicho sauvé par le diable (eng)

Fred Choffat / Switzerland / 26 Min

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The virgin, the devil, dollars and Marcelino. How did this begin? How could the Purépecha Indians of Ocumicho, Michoacán, who have a devoted cult to the virgin, come to make devils out of clay that are to become famous folk-art objects across the world!?! Around the comal they tell of a certain Marcelino, a man unlike any other. A man who made tortillas like the women. A man who it seems met the devil!!

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