VI International Festival of Audiovisual Anthropology “Days of Ethnographic Cinema”, September 27th – October 1st 2016, Moscow

For the sixth time the International Cinema Festival of Audiovisual Anthropology “Days of Ethnographic Cinema” will open its doors in Moscow. The festival is being held by National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russian State University for the Humanities,  All-Russian State University of Cinematography named after S.A.Gerasimov in partnership with Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) as well as the Museum of Moscow.

Urban Anthropology will be the main theme of the Festival as it is topical for the globalizing world.

The festival will be featuring screenings of anthropological films as well as theoretical discussions.

- September 29th National Research University Higher School of Economics in partnership with the Department of Research Arts (Gallery “Triumph”) will organize a round table discussion “Sound landscapes in anthropology of science and art”
- October  2nd colloquium “City and migrants” will take place, featuring leading specialists of  National Research University Higher School of Economics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, and the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences
- September  27th- October 1st the Auditorium of the museum of Moscow will hold screenings of ethnographic films, created by professional anthropologists and research directors

The screenings during ‘Urban anthropology’ section will  demonstrate ways of screen mediatization of different processes that occur in the urban space. The implication of new methods of fixation of urban processes, including visual and audiovisual, will open new perspectives of theoretic analysis. Urban audiovisual images reflect the most serious issues of the present: poverty and inequality, ramafications of legal and illegal migration, employment and work socialization, transformation of traditional landscapes, exacerbation of issues of ‘centre-periphery’, North-South, ethnic conflicts, etc.

City becomes the focal point of life of the modern society  while urbanization processes

becomes global. Anthropologists have unveiled a connection between ethnic and professional structures of urban population, a stable correlation between certain ethnic communities and the city territories they inhabit and specific occupations.
Thus, one of the most pressing issues of the Festival committee has been focusing on  the possibility of presenting urban territories using screen tools for research purposes. In the films, presented at the Festival, you will be able to see how anthropology solves this complicated problem of “optical settings” to portray  the essence of the urban processes.

Festival is oriented to attract a wide audience of viewers  such as Anthropology, Ethnography, Cultural studies, Sociology, Historyand other Humanities specialists.