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Sensory ethnography films to be featured at FFD 2019

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Jakarta  /  Mon, November 25, 2019  /  05:26 pm
Sensory ethnography films to be featured at FFD 2019

Passengers sit on a train in a still from 'The Iron Ministry' by J.P. Sniadecki. (Documentary Film Festival (FFD)/File)

The 2019 Documentary Film Festival (FFD) in Yogyakarta has teamed up with Harvard University to present five films from the Sensory Ethnography Lab (SEL), an anthropology collective based at Harvard.

The Etnografi Indrawi: Saksi Mata (Sensory Ethnography: Eyewitness) exhibition will feature An Aviation Field (2016), The Iron Ministry (2014), Notes from the Fringe (2019), The Yellow Bank (2010) and Terrace of the Sea (2009). 

Sensory ethnography films attempt to present lives and cultures by arousing the full range of senses. 

In An Aviation Field (2016), filmmaker Joana Pimenta creates an imaginary society living under Mount Fogo in Brazil.

The Iron Ministry (2014) by J.P. Sniadecki examines the random encounters of migrants on a Chinese train over the span of three years. Another film by the director, The Yellow Bank (2010), spotlights the development of Shanghai through poetic visuals of skyscrapers by the banks of Huangpu River.

Notes from the Fringe (2019) comes from Indonesian filmmaker Aryo Danusiri and highlights the threat of flooding in Jakarta. 

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Meanwhile, Diana Keown Allan's Terrace of the Sea (2009) explores Israel and Palestine with the help of old photos.

FFD 2019 will run from Dec. 1 to 7 at Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, IFI-LIP Yogyakarta and Kedai Kebun Forum.

The Sensory Ethnography exhibition will take place at Kedai Kebun Forum, Jl. Tirtodipuran, Yogyakarta, from Dec. 2 to 7.

More information is available at the festival's website.

Founded in 2002, FFD is said to be the first documentary film festival in Indonesia. Its focus is on the development of documentary films as a medium of expression and of the ecosystem of knowledge, through exhibition, education and archiving. (gis/wng)

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