1. A film by MariaJose Pavlovic

    Completed as a final project for the MA in Visual Anthropology, Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, University of Manchester.

    WINNER Best Student Film, KinoAnthrop Student Anthropological Film Festival 2013, Ekaterinburg, Russia

    S.A.P.E is the acronyme for the Society of Ambience Settlers and Elegant People. The followers of this movement are called “sapeurs”; men devoted to elegant dressing originally from Congo-Brazzaville, West Africa. Part of a sapeur´s achievement is to settle in Paris, the fashion´s capital so there they can become a “yaya”, a lingala word to express an experimented, recognised sapeur. Through the story of Fuluzioni Di Aluzioni, Annick Bertin "General Firenze" and Chardel Matsanga, this film tries to reveal the main aspects of this congolese practice.

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  2. A film by Kieran Hanson.

    Shot in Sierra Leone.

    WINNER Best Film by a Directer Under 30, XI Espiello International Ethnographic Documentary Festival 2013
    WINNER Best Student Short Documentary, Manchester Film Festival 2012
    NOMINATED Student Award, One World Media Awards 2012
    THIRD PRIZE Debut Competition, Moscow International Festival of Visual Anthropology 2012

    This was the final project for my Visual Anthropology MA degree course at the Granada Centre, University of Manchester.

    A decade since Sierra Leone's devastating civil war, from the ashes rises a new dawn of creativity in audio-visual media. Inspired by Jean Rouch's ‘shared anthropology’ and ‘ethno-fiction’, Shooting Freetown follows three people forging their way in film and music in the nation's capital, facing the constant struggles with vision and resourcefulness. By incorporating collaborative video projects, their stories give a fresh image of post-war Freetown - presented to the world through their own lens.

    Festivals 2012/13:

    Antropofest (Czech Rep.), Days of Ethnographic Film (Slovenia), African World Documentary Festival (Barbados, USA, Nigeria), African Film Festival Australia (Sydney & Melbourne), Göttingen International Ethnographic Film Festival (Germany), Contro-Sguardi 2012 (Italy), Sierra Leone International Film Festival (Sierra Leone), Manchester Film Festival (UK), Reykjavik Shorts&Docs (Iceland), Trier Ethnographic Film Festival (Germany), VI Moscow International Festival of Visual Anthropology (Russia), Athens Ethnographic Film Festival (Greece) 32nd NAFA Film Festival (Norway), Rwanda Film Festival (Rwanda), International Anthropological Film Festival in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Cambridge African Film Festival (UK), Espiello International Ethnographic Documentary Festival (Spain), Royal Anthropological Institute Film Festival (UK), DocAnt 2013, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

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  3. Walking through Bogotá it would be hard to ignore the overwhelming presence of those who call its streets home. Thousands of young people make up this sub-group of society, a legacy of decades of political instability. This Film takes place in one of 26 houses set up by ‘the Institution for the Protection of Childhood and Adolescence’ (IDIPRON) located in the centre of Bogotá.

    ‘Saliendo Adelante’ explores the life of José who, now in his early 20’s, has lived on the streets since the age of 6. José is now attempting to change his life’s trajectory by talking part in the programme of social rehabilitation offered by the institution. Through the film we are also introduced to the work of Orlando, a teacher at the institution, and his efforts to offer those like José other ways of visualizing the world around them.

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  4. A film by Tanja Wol Sorensen.

    Shot in Spain.

    Completed as a final project for the MA in Visual Anthropology, Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, University of Manchester.

    Through the stories of three Latin American women living in Barcelona, who all form part of the Mujeres Pa´lante association, we get an insight into the reality of being a migrant woman and a domestic worker in Spain today. Despite the discrimination and abuse they experience, these women are actively trying to improve the rights and conditions for themselves and for others.

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GCVA Award Winners 2013

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GCVA Student Films created for the MA in Visual Anthropology (MAVA) that have recently won awards at international film festivals.

'Saliendo Adelante/Moving Forward' by Ben Cheetham (2011) WINNER Best Student Film, 5th ETNOFILm Ethnographic Film Festival,…


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GCVA Student Films created for the MA in Visual Anthropology (MAVA) that have recently won awards at international film festivals.

'Saliendo Adelante/Moving Forward' by Ben Cheetham (2011) WINNER Best Student Film, 5th ETNOFILm Ethnographic Film Festival, Rovinj, Croatia

'Shooting Freetown' by Kieran Hanson (2011) WINNER Best Film by a Directer Under 30, XI Espiello International Ethnographic Documentary Festival, Sobrarbe, Spain

'The Yayas De L´Élégance' by MariaJose Pavlovic (2012) WINNER Best Student Film, KinoAnthrop Student Anthropological Film Festival, Ekaterinburg, Russia

'Mujeres Pa'lante' by Tanja Wol Sorensen (2012) WINNER Special Jury Award, Workers Unite Film Festival, New York City, USA

Learn more about the MAVA here:
socialsciences.manchester.ac.uk/disciplines/socialanthropology/visualanthropology/

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