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My Street Film Project: Submissions Open for 2014

My Street’s annual competition is now open for submissions, with a deadline of May 19th.

 

Mystreet

My Street is a documentary film archive, focused on the UK, but expanding rapidly across Europe of short films produced by amateur, professional (and anything in-between) filmmakers. The project is resolutely local – all video and film must be pegged to a post code – but within that frame allows participants to speak to their locality in a multitude of different voices, styles, and genres.…

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The Minstrel – a documentary film

Luana Kaderabek, UCL Digital Anthropology

This documentary has been created as part of the Digital Anthropology (MSc) program at UCL. The filmmaking module, led by the visual anthropologists Vikram Jayanti and Richard Curling, challenges anthropologists to incorporate digital media as a research tool in their ethnographies.

The Minstrel has been nominated one of the three best films in the autumn/winter class in 2012. It is about Ozan Figani’s life, a hairdresser originally from Turkey, Anatolia, who owns a traditional Salon in East London. Little by little he starts to reveal his true first job (music and poem writing).

He is an Alevi. In Turkey, Alevism (considered by many to be a religion similar to Buddhism or a simple way of living) is a popular belief embedded in many political conflicts.…

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Palestine and the Moving Image Conference

 

PALESTINE AND THE MOVING IMAGE is a one day conference dedicated to the subject of Palestine in film and video.

Convened by the Palestine Film Foundation in association with the Centre for Palestine Studies at the London Middle East Institute, SOAS, the event is the first of its kind in the UK. With presentations by scholars, artists and curators, panels will explore topics ranging from colonial propaganda to video art, from militant aesthetics to visual ethics. The conference is aimed at cinema enthusiasts as well as scholars and filmmakers.

Date: Saturday May 11th
Time: 10:00am – 18:00pm
Venue: Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London, Russell Sq., WC1H 0XG
NB: Space is limited, advance booking essential.
Tickets: £20 full price / £15 students & unwaged (includes buffet lunch)

Website: palestinefilm.org
Details and booking: www.palestinefilm.org/events.asp?s=talks
Queries: info@palestinefilm.org

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On premature aging

 

Clare M. Wilkinson-Weber, PhD, Department of Anthropology, Washington State University Vancouver

In a couple of remarks collected from costume designers in the course of my research on the making of popular Hindi films (“Bollywood”), I was told that a challenge for the designer wanting to create “real” (as opposed to glamorous or overstated) costumes was that there was no interest in or knowledge of how to age them. By aging they meant what is sometimes termed “breakdown” or “distressing” in other theatrical and film industries, or treating the finished costume so as to appear to the viewer that it had undergone anything from days to weeks to years of wear. Considering this question has led me to discussions with ager-dyers and costume designers in contexts where aging is expected and therefore conventional, and the examination of aged costumes and the settings in which they are made.…

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