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Examining Ethnology
Amsterdam Netherlands
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Examining Ethnology
Examining Ethnology
Sunday May 27th 4:30 pm
Run Time 1 hour5 min /with Q & A 1 hour 30 min
5 euro

You will definitely discover something about these cultures that you were not familiar with before...guaranteed!
Come participate in an enlightening Q and A with filmmaker Vera Sinha in attendance!

Inner Me
Dir. Antonio Spanò (Italy/ Democratic Republic of the Congo 2016) 30 min
Short Documentary

Butembo, North Kivu, D.R. Congo
While following Jemima, a little curious girl who wanders through dusty roads, crowded markets, slaughterhouses, furnaces and bat hunters we get acquainted with three women who describe the harsh realities of being born female and deaf in a society that discriminates against both women and people with disabilities.

The stories of Immaculée, Sylvie and Stuka are stories of everyday struggle against marginalization, abuse and oppression, but despite the insurmountable obstacles imposed on them by society, the protagonists show us how their strong and undefeated will allows them to take hold of their fate every single day and reveals the beautiful resilience of the human spirit.

Dir. Sil van Der Woerd/Jorik Dozy (Indonesia/UK  2017) 5min 6 sec
Short Documentary

Terraform tells the true story of the hardships and sacrifices the sulphur miners of KawahIjen in Indonesia make in order to provide for their family.

Time in Culture
Dir. Vera Sinha (UK/Brazil 2018) 30 min
Short Documentary
Time in Culture is a short documentary that shows how ideas of time are expressed in different cultures and languages. In Western cultures time is measured by clocks and calendars using numbers. Calendars and clocks enable us to measure time intervals: years, months, days, hours, minutes and seconds. The past is thought of as located behind our backs, with the future is in front or ahead. Is this the way that everyone, in every culture, thinks and talks about time? This documentary tells the story of how three indigenous cultures of Brazil, think about, talk about and experience time.

The Huni Ku, Kamaiurá, and Awetý people talk about time very differently from us. These cultures do not use clocks and calendars. So individuals do not count their birthdays. Instead, they think about their lives in terms of life stages and the process of learning and acquiring skills throughout the life span.

For these cultures, Time is thought about in terms of events and happenings, in nature and in the social world. The sounds of the crickets, the sun and the sunlight, the stars, the water level in the rivers, the rain, the breeze and the stars indicate time. The relationship between people and the environment is crucial for understanding time. Time, they say, is not behind or in front of me, but it is in my heart, in my eyes or in my mind.

I can definitely relate...it seems with more technological progress...all these gadgets that are supposed to SAVE us time make us more accessible to bosses, friends, the world at large that we are on the digital stage 24/7.  I remember going to Fiji and being on "Fiji Time"...I love slowing down...but the minute you UNPLUG the rat race passes you by.  I don't check my email for 2 days and I go back to cyber anxiety.  Something's gotta give...
Alexandra Nakelski


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Prins Hendrikkade 600
Amsterdam 1011 VX




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