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Cultural anthropologists will talk about cinema


May 14 at the Central City Public Library named after V.V. Mayakovsky, within the framework of the International Film Festival of Audiovisual Anthropology Days of Ethnographic Cinema and the International Festival of Oriental Art DAIRAFEST, two documentaries will be demonstrated and discussed, both of them easily attributed to anthropological cinema.

The film Kafi and Babu (Sweden, Belgium, 2013) touches upon the issues of multiculturalism on the example of two students from Bangladesh who study chemistry at the Stockholm University and live in the largest student dormitory in Sweden. Kafi and Babu are both 27 years old and spend their days attending lectures, doing odd jobs and meeting up with friends.

The film Border People (UK, 2018), using visual anthropological technologies, literally following the local resident - a man named Fucai, tells his personal story of life on the Sino-Vietnamese border. The film juxtaposes the story of a native Chinese man and of his Yao wife and raises the question of how the border infiltrates and affects family relationships.

Short introductory lectures to the films will be given by researchers from the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) of the Russian Academy of Sciences: film critic, Senior researcher Dr. Natalya Kazurova and orientalist, Indologist, Leading specialist in international relations of the Media Communication Center Ksenya Maretina. The event starts at 17.00.