Nanook of the North 26 February 2014 from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM Room D3.054 (The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre),
ALTAR's first ethnographic film screening will be Robert Flaherty's classic "Nanook of the North". In this silent predecessor to the modern documentary, Flaherty spends one year following the lives of Nanook and his Inuit family struggling to survive in the harsh conditions of Canada's Hudson Bay.
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A Sixth Part of the World 19 March 2014 from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM Room D3.054 (The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre),
ALTAR's second ethnographic film screening will be A Sixth Part of the World, a poetic travelogue of 1920s Russia by Dziga Vertov. Unlike Flaherty’s narrative style with a linear progression of time in Nanook of the North, Vertov’s editing approach stressed the rhythm and juxtaposition of images which came to be known as montage – a style that created a new aesthetic in documentary filmmaking.
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Jaguar 16 April 2014 from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM Room D3.054 (The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre),
ALTAR's third ethnographic film screening will be a classic 'ethno-fiction' Jaguar, a film by Jean Rouch. It is a combination of Flaherty's narrative style and Vertov's cinematic truth. Rouch developed an entirely new kind of film practice that blurred the boundaries between fiction and reality. He created a style called 'shared anthropology'.
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Koriam's Law 28 May 2014 from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM Room D3.054 (The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre),
ALTAR's next film will open up a new theme about the tension and connection between the seen and unseen, living and dead. Through anthropological and local interpretations, Koriam's Law explores the complex social phenomenon in the Pacific known as 'cargo-cult'. The film portrays a local cult in Papua New Guinea which sought to uncover the secrets to an ideal life that Whites possesed but were keeping to themselves. >>> Wednesday 28 May at 6:00pm
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Descending with Angels 26 June 2014 from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054),
ALTAR's next film will continue the theme about the connection and tension between the visible and invisible, living and dead. Descending with Angels is about jinn possession, Islamic healing, and psychiatry in Denmark. It compares two medical systems that despite vast differences both share a view of healing as operating through the patient’s submission to, and faith in an external non-human power, namely God or biomedicine respectively. >>> Thursday 26 June at 6:00pm
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Manapanmirr, in Christmas Spirit 23 July 2014 from 05:30 PM to 08:00 PM The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054) ,
ALTAR's next film will conclude the theme about the connection and tension between the visible and invisible, living and dead. Manapanmirr, in Christmas Spirit is a film about connecting cultures through feeling, about sorrows and joys, arrivals and departures. Created by a team led by Yolngu director, Paul Gurrumuruwuy, the film shows how Yolngu people in Gapuwiyak in Northeast Arnhem Land create innovative rituals to draw their beloved dead out from their graves and clan waters, so that families can join together in Christmas spirit. >>> Wednesday 23 July at 5:30pm >>> The film follows the official opening of the ALTAR laboratory at 4:30pm!
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Skin has Eyes and Ears 29 October 2014 from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM The Cairns Institute Lecture Theatre (Room D3.054),
Skin has Eyes and Ears is ALTAR founder Daniela Vavrova's latest film, produced as part of her PhD degree. Selected for three acclaimed international film festivals including the Jean Rouch Festival, the film is a foray into the embodied experience of place and time among the Ambonwari people of Papua New Guinea. The limits of sensory mediation are explored through the film while at the same time it plays with the infinite options of sensual stimulation and interconnectedness that only a film experience can offer.
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