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Title: In Motion
Director: Joanna Lai (USA), Goldsmiths College, Anthropology Dept.
WINNER OF ASAFILM COMPETITION 2009

Description:
A sensory exploration of rhythmic gatherings set to the soundtrack of daily life. Tai chi, department store marches, and kindergarteners converge in an ethno-musical experience. Conceived as part of a Masters thesis in Visual Anthropology at Goldsmiths College, University of London, In Motion (18’46), is the first student film produced by Joanna Lai as part of her Chinese short film series set to screen in early 2009. The film provides a challenge and alternative to textual dominance in the field, reaffirming the sensual in Visual Anthropology. Screened in diverse communities of all ages, this film continues to be a cross-cultural experience. True to the belief that subject inspires form, and vice versa, In Motion is a testament to the new wave of anthropological media.

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Title: Salama Vazaha (Hello Stranger)
Produced and directed: David Picard
RUNNER-UP OF ASAFILM COMPETITION 2009

Description:
Salama Vazaha (Hello Stranger) has been filmed in a fishing village in the South-West of Madagascar. It is about the relationships between the villagers and various human and non-human ‘strangers’ – ancestor and tromba spirits, Western NGO workers, ecotourists, fish collectors, cattle rustlers and the ethnographic filmmaker. Through a series of everyday life episodes, it provides insights into the ontology of these relationships and the strategies employed by the villagers to make them work for their economic and political purposes. Through its specific ethnographic focus, the film points towards more generic issues related to hospitality practice, frictions in the field of environmental action and transnational forms of collaboration.

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Title: Rig Life - Jacqui
Director: Edward Owles
Producer: Phil Cox, Native Voice Films
RUNNER-UP OF ASAFILM COMPETITION 2009

Description:
Oil platforms are scattered through the North Sea, metal giants toiling 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to power the UK. Rig Life provides four distinct insights of this rarely-examined community, with reflections from those who work offshore about their lives and the dwindling reserves of black gold they dredge up. The films address issues of labour, gender and generation as well as providing a poetically ethnographic visual documentation of their locale.
Jacqui runs the communications for the entire platform and is responsible for the daily coming and goings of the chopper. She reflects on life as one of the few women working in the male-dominated world of North Sea oil.

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Title: A Future of Mud: The Tale of a Mason's Story
Director: Susan Vogel
Producer: co-produced by Trevor Marchand, Samuel Sidibe and Susan Vogel

Description:
For centuries, Djenné’s architecture has been sculpted and renewed by the town’s masons. Mud bricks and secret incantations combine to make houses, and each year the majestic mosque is dressed with a fine new coating of mud. Konmusa is heir to this masonry tradition and he plans for his son to succeed him in the trade. But classroom education and connections to a globalizing world deliver new opportunities and lifestyles, and continuity is threatened. Grounded in Trevor Marchand’s anthropological research, the film explores the challenges and choices faced by a mason’s family and raises important questions about heritage and changing traditions. In addition to the film’s documentary content, the technique of blending fact and fiction in the service of ‘truth’ raises a number of compelling issues.

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