Black Mesa mines: Native Americans demand return of their ancestors’ bones

Article from The Guardian about Black Mesa Mines:

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/dec/10/black-mesa-mines-native-americans-demand-ancestral-bones-navajo

Another terrible example of exploitation. It’s so painful to watch these photographs of destruction and see how the sacred lands of the Hopi and Dinè Peoples are being desecrated.

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Freiburger aufgepasst!

Jetzt gibt es für alle Freiburger keine Ausrede mehr:

INTO AMERICA – THE ANCESTORS’ LAND läuft am kommenden Samstag, 8. November, um 17 Uhr im Kommunalen Kino (Urachstraße) in Freiburg.

http://www.koki-freiburg.de/spielplan

http://www.koki-freiburg.de/filme/4948/into_america_%E2%80%93_the_ancestors%E2%80%99_land

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Das Koki ist ein super schönes Kino, mit gemütlicher Atmosphäre – nicht zu groß und nicht zu klein. Und dank der Winterzeit ist 17 Uhr die neue Film-Primetime!

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Screening in Göttingen on Friday

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This time our film will be screened at the well-known Göttingen International Ethnographic Film Festival in a very special location, the old Paulinerkirche of the University’s Library.
I am really excited to return to Göttingen, a place I came to enjoy the last 6 years because of its sunny atmosphere. It is a place with great people who care about social and global issues around the world.
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A whole spectra of the current life of indigenous societies and peoples around the world will be presented, giving a platform to voices seldom heard.
INTO AMERICA will be screened in the Cultural Heritage Session together with two other exciting films – Returning Souls and Touching Objects – that also deal with topics such as cultural identity, well-being and home, on Friday, May 30th at 10.50am.
Looking forward
http://www.gieff.de/current-programme.html

Ethnographischer Film und INTO AMERICA in der Reihe YoungDok am Haus des Dokumentarfilms Stuttgart

Karl Heider, Ethnologe und Filmemacher, beschrieb in seiner bekannten Abhandlung  zum  Ethnographischen Film, in welches Spannungsfeld sich ein Filmemacher mit ethnologischer Ausbildung begibt:

The term itself (Ethnographic Film) seems to embody an inherent tension or conflict between two ways of seeing and understanding, two strategies for bringing order to (or imposing order on) experience: the scientific and the aesthetic. The evolution of ethnographic filmmaking has been a continuous process attempting to reconcile this tension, to achieve a fertile synthesis. Ideally, ethnographic films unite the art and skills of the filmmaker with the trained intellect and insights of the ethnographer. (Heider, 1976: p.ix)”

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Die Regisseurin von INTO AMERICA kennt – als gelernte Ethnolgin – dieses Spannungsfeld von Kunst und Wissenschaft nur allzu gut.

Wir laden alle Interessierten zu der Reihe YoungDok im Haus des Dokumentarfilms in Stuttgart am Mittwoch 19. März um 19 Uhr ein. Zusammen diskutieren wir Aspekte des Ethnogrpahischen Films, und arbeiten Unterschiede und Gemeinsamkeiten des Ethnographischen Films und des klassischen Dokumentarfilm heraus. Vielleicht wagen wir am Ende dann auch eine Definition des “Ethnographischen Films”.

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Ethnographic Films, Anthropologists and INTO AMERICA at the Haus des Dokumentarfilms Stuttgart

Karl Heider a famous director and anthropologist once said about Ethnographic film: “The term itself seems to embody an inherent tension or conflict between two ways of seeing and understanding, two strategies for bringing order to (or imposing order on) experience: the scientific and the aesthetic. The evolution of ethnographic filmmaking has been a continuous process attempting to reconcile this tension, to achieve a fertile synthesis. Ideally, ethnographic films unite the art and skills of the filmmaker with the trained intellect and insights of the ethnographer. (Heider, 1976: p.ix)”

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The director of INTO AMERICA has a profound background as an anthropologist and knows about the aforementioned tension. We would like to invite everybody interested in learning about Ethnographic Film and its relation to our film INTO AMERICA to join us on Wednesday, March 19th at the Haus des Dokumentarfilms in Stuttgart. The organizers of YoungDok and the film team evaluate what it means to be a filmmaker with an anthropological background and discuss different approaches how to make documentary/ ethnographic films.  With this, we dare to provide a definition of “Ethnographic Film”.

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Award with ‘Wow’ Effect

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Wow!
we won!
INTO AMERICA was awarded the price for “Best Documentary Feature” last Sunday in Stuttgart. Unbelievable, nobody prepared me for that.
We were running late due to Stuttgart’s traffic mess (on Sunday!), rushing into Rotebühl Platz in the center of Stuttgart – so lucky that we didn’t have to take care of parking fee.
Just in time we arrived at Robert Bosch Saal and were able to watch excerpts of the three nominated documentary films: besides INTO AMERICA, the hilarious SMOKIN’ FISH and a long-term film portrait of the Onondaga Nation EXIT 16 were nominated as well – two unusual movies.

We are very proud to have been part of the Nordamerika-Filmfestival 2014, meeting great filmmakers, wonderful storytellers and singers.
Thank you Gunter Lange, creative director of the Festival, and Sonja Schierle, curator of the Linden Museum, for organizing such a special event that focuses on topics of North America’s First Nations. You gave the festival a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

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Nomination

Happy to announce that INTO AMERICA is nominated for best Documentary Film at the Nordamerika Filmfestival in Stuttgart: http://www.nordamerika-filmfestival.com/newsletter-januar-2014.html
The Nordamerika Filmfestival is the biggest film festival on topics regarding North America/ indigenous people of North America outside the U.S.

The film will be screened January 25th, 2pm at “Treffpunkt Rotebühlplatz”: http://www.nordamerika-filmfestival.com/2014-filme.html
Looking forward to meet you all there!northernlights