Dr. Isabella Alexander, anthropologist and filmmaker, published an article on the Wenner-Gren Foundation website Sapiens. She describes some of her experiences during her research on the migrant crisis. She has traveled extensively while working on her documentary The Burning: An Untold Story from the Other Side of the Migrant Crisis.
Dr. Jenny Chio’s film, 农家乐 Peasant Family Happiness, is selected for the 2017 Heritales: International Heritage Film Festival in September 2017 in Évora, Portugal. Co-organized by UNESCO and the University of Évora, the festival’s theme this year is “sustainable communities,” and it is one of the few film festivals focused on exploring cultural heritage politics through documentary film.
Anthropologist, Writer, Documentary Filmmaker, and Visiting Assistant Professor in Emory’s Anthropology Department, Dr. Isabella Alexander (PhD, Emory, 2016) published an article on GlobalPost Investigations highlighting problems in the migration crisis.
Emory’s Critical Juncture Conference is an international conference spanning different disciplines involved in social justice. For the 2017 conference, themed “The Work of Art,” participants explored how works of art challenge injustices created by social constructions of gender, disability, race, and sexuality.
With Ken Hornbeck, Dr. Debra Vidali served as keynote speaker in the workshop “Constructing Realties: Theatre and Representation.”
As a Morphomata Fellow at the University of Cologne, Germany, Dr. Chio gave a public lecture on one of her current ethnographic film and research projects. The talk was titled “These Days, These Homes: An Ethnographic Portrait Film in Progress.” Dr. Chio addressed the question: What are the possibilities of portraiture in filmmaking, and how can biographical and ethnographic approaches be integrated in film practice and humanistic cultural research? Her talk discussed possibilities in the ethnographic and biographical representation of life experiences by rethinking the methods and theories of documentary film-making, biography, life history, and ethnography.
In addition to the Krotovo film festival in Macedonia, Dr. Anna Grimshaw’s film “At Low Tide” will be screened at the 2016 American Anthropological Association meetings in Minneapolis, the Days of Ethnographic Cinema Festival in Moscow, and the Greek Ethnographic Film Festival in Athens!
This film was supported by an Emory University Research Council grant. Check out the trailer at https://vimeo.com/172429715.
Congratulations to Emory Anthropology professors Jenny Chio and Anna Grimshaw, as well as Dr. Kwame Phillips (PhD 2014), who recently had films selected for inclusion at the Fifth International Festival of Ethnological Film “Kratovo 2016”, organized by the Macedonian Ethnological Society.
The festival takes place in late September/early October in Kratovo, Macedonia, and the program includes “农家乐 Peasant Family Happiness” (2013) by Professor Chio, “At Low Tide” (2016) by Professor Grimshaw, and “Welcome to Pa Pae” (2016) by Dr. Phillips.
(The photo is a still from Dr. Chio’s film.)