Jury Decision

The Jury of the 24th International Festival of Ethnological Film

President: Prof. Andrei Simic

Members: Dr. Ines Prica and the UNESCO expert Dušica Živković

have reached the decision that the Festival Awards be delivered to:

 

GRAND PRIX

Shunu Will Come, a Russian film directed by Salvat Yuzeev

The film is a harmonious mosaic of ethnographic, historical, folkloristic and artistic insight into the culture of the Turkish minority in the Altai region of Russia. The plot is discreetly and skilfully carried by a figure of a folklore artist whose work touches on the very essence of the local oral tradition, mythical images and social circumstances. The way in which this work avoids the usual didactic approach to documentary film, and offers instead a sort of an "intuitive installation", allowing the viewer an immediate, almost physical experience of a cultural environment, is particularly striking. In terms of production, Shunu Will Come reaches the heights of cinematic professionalism, especially in the magnificent images of nature and traditional musical heritage, while in terms of genre it demonstrates the range of empirical and interpretative potentials of the ethnographic approaches.

 

The Award for the Best National Film

The Roots of Evil, directed by Želimir Gvardiol

Choosing between the two films competing for this award, both having a huge potential in terms of content, the Jury decided to deliver the Festival Award to the film The Roots of Evil, which questions the boundaries of the conventional perceptions of ethnography and ethnographic film. Through a series of striking and disturbing interviews with criminals, the author skillfully uses dramatic means to reveal the roots of their deviation from social and traditional norms. He emphasizes this deviation relying on black-and-white film aesthetics. The film reveals an urgent need for new approaches and perspectives that ensure a better understanding and documenting of the multiple layers and contradictions of modern society, while preserving the intimacy and integrity of an ethnographic understanding of culture.

 

The Award for the Best International Film

Fatuma and Asya, Two Afar Girls in Ethiopia, an Italian film directed by Francesco Sincich

Through a depiction of the everyday life of two girls, their conversations and comments, the film shows, with great sensitivity, both traditional and material culture, as well as the social structure of the Afar ethnicity in Ethiopia, marked by the struggle for survival in a desert and socially devastated environment. The splendid cinematography ensures a distinct presence of the main characters, whose ease of communication and charm spontaneously pull the viewer into the action. The film also adds to our knowledge of the sustainable force of tradition even in the most difficult circumstances.

 

The Jury Award for the Promotion of Intangible Cultural Heritage

From the Farm to the Table, a Portuguese film directed  by Fernando Paulino

Through a story that closely follows the baking of bread in communal ovens and wine production, in the picturesque context of ceremonies and social communication, this movie manages to convey, with ease and unpretentiously, the knowledge about the traditional arts of production and consumption of food and beverages.

 

The Jury Award for the Visual Presentation of Intangible Cultural Heritage

Talking to the Air, a Nepali and USA film directed by Sophie Dia Pegrum

With the breathtaking views of the landscapes of Nepal, Tibetan culture and scenes showing the communication between humans and horses, this film adds an exceptional visual value to presentations of intangible heritage. 

 

The Jury Award for An Artistic Experience of Intangible Cultural Heritage

Eoha, a Montenegrin film directed y Vladimir Perović

Without reliance on linguistic means, using strong artistic procedures, the film offers an impressive depiction of the pastoral "animal language", as wondrous and effective communication between humans and animals.

 

The Explanation of the Decision of the Festival Plus Jury

The Festival Plus Jury including:

Nevena Boroja, Matija Munjiza Petrović and Srđan Radović,

have unanimously decided to award film Eurekaauthored byBojan Popović and presented at the 24th International Festival of Ethnological within the ID3min Programme.

Explanation:

 

In a very simple way, the author presents the lack of identity of modern humans, who have a need for self-exposure, but do not have an urge to reveal their own essence. By doing this, he offered the best response to topic (Un)disguised identity.

The Festival Plus Jury including:

Nevena Boroja, Matija Munjiza Petrović and Srđan Radović,

have unanimously decided to award film Forward (Adelante), directed byNoam Osband presented at the 24th International Festival of Ethnological within the Student Programme.

Explanation:

The film shows the integration of a Mexican community in the US society through the personal stories of local community members and a church parish. By showing the example of the an American priest and a young couple, the film tells the story of the symbiosis of cultures and the way local ethnic communities and churches adapt to new social and cultural circumstances. Through a local story, the author also discusses the global issues of migration and cultural integration. The author approaches multilayered phenomena in an interesting and creative way, effectively using film language and an anthropological perspective.