Film Screening: 'Disenchanted Cinema'

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 16:00 to 17:30
Anthropology Seminar Room, RH2.20 Rowan House

Disenchanted Cinema takes us on a short journey through the production and reception of the famous documentary film Shamans of the Blind Country (1981), that was filmed in Mid-Western Nepal. A mobile cinema sets on a journey to these remote villages to screen and thus reintroduce the film in the area where it was shot. The film brings a piece of forgotten history to the new generations, but also a chance for critical reflection on their past and present everyday life. With a minimalist film, the directors Eva Pivač and Matjaž Pinter depict the "magical" effect of documentary cinema, the key element of which is to disenchant the world of the spectators.

Eva Pivač and Matjaž Pinter are young directors of documentary and short films. Their current long-term project comprises the production of several documentary films shot in Nepal’s Himalayas where they are also engaged in an in-depth anthropological research. Takasera (2016) was their first film and was supported by the Irish Research Council (Dublin, Ireland), the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology in Ljubljana and Angart Film collective, Slovenia. Their recent film Disenchanted Cinema (2017), shot in Mid-Western Nepal was made in collaboration with Batoko Cinema (Kathmandu) and support of Michael Oppitz.