Talking up close. Approaches to the human and the more than human

This session forms part of the Aula Xcèntric's programme of screenings entitled Ethnographic F(r)ictions, inviting us to discover a series of works that are far removed from traditional ethnographic cinema (objectivist and realist), experimental attempts to think and create a more open and critical anthropological cinema which, without ignoring the demands of ethnographic research, experiments both at a formal and methodological level. 

Trinh T. Minh-ha said that we shouldn't talk about 'Others' but "up close, in proximity". The four titles that make up this session present an intimate, radical approach to the animals, landscapes, humans and objects that inhabit their images. In them, the filmmakers establish a horizontal and non-hierarchical position in relation to what they're filming, taking on the formal and methodological challenges entailed by such a commitment. These works evoke a cinema that attempts to collaborate with those who form part of their films, looking and listening with generosity and taking into account the point of view of the Other in the making of the films. Ultimately, the session presents a sensory, tactile journey that invites us to get closer to the human and even to venture far beyond its limits.

Chick Strand's Cosas de mi vida is a portrait of Anselmo Aguascalientes, a street musician from the central plateau of Mexico. Produced over a period of 10 years, this medium-length film reflects the bond established by the filmmaker with the musician, which would last throughout her life. In Maddi Barber's Gorria, we approach the filmmaker's homeland, the Arce Valley (Navarra), to explore the close but contradictory relationship between humans and animals within a rural context. An affective approach to the landscape that we also experience in Shape Shifting by Elke Marhöfer and Mikhail Lylov, immersing the viewer in a sensory journey through the Japanese countryside where we experience a constant mutation, without limits, between bodies, plants and spaces. A transformation we also feel in Alexander Cabeza Trigg's La Tramuntana, where the north wind becomes an element that arouses sensations, memories and imaginations in the people of the Empordà region, pushing them into a territory fluctuating between myth and reality.

Cosas de mi vida (Things of My Life), Chick Strand, United States, 1976, 16 mm, 24'.

Gorria, Maddi Barber, Spain, 2020, 16 mm, 25'.

La Tramuntana, Alexander Cabeza Trigg, Spain, 2020, digital, 8'.

Shape Shifting, Elke Marhöfer and Mikhail Lylov, Japan-Germany, 2015, DCP, 18'.

Copy of Things of My Life from Canyon Cinema. Copy of Shape Shifting from Arsenal. Copies of Gorria and La Tramuntana courtesy of their respective authors. 

10 February 2022


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€ 4 / € 3 Concessions

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