Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The International Ethnographic Film Festival of Quebec, January 26-29, 2011

The Festival international du film ethnographique du Québec (International Ethnographic Film Festival of Quebec) presents its 8th annual festival starting tonight in Montreal. FIFEQ runs until January 29, before continuing in Québec (January 28-30) and Chicoutimi (February 3-4).Tonight's opening screening will show Monsoon-Reflections by Stephanie Spray followed by Chai Qian (Demolition) by JP Sniadecki.

Aside from tonight's opening screening at the Cinéma du Parc, the screenings are all free.

Ethnographic films are a distinct form of anthropological documentary which attempts to record a community as faithfully as possible. FIFEQ screens films created by new filmmakers from both Canada and abroad as well as from renowned figures in the discipline of visual anthropology and the social documentary genre.

Many of the filmmakers will be in attendance. The countries explored include Nepal, Italy, Sudan, China, Brazil, Germany and Lithuania.

International Ethnographic Film Festival of Quebec

In Montreal from January 26th to 29th, 2011

The FIFEQ is now in it's 8th year. Over four days, 25 films by filmmakers from a dozen countries (including Canada, Italy, Japan, Germany, Spain, China, United States) will be screened in Montreal, and a dozen in Québec and Chicoutimi. The festival continues its tradition of presenting the very best of contemporary visual anthropology. The event is open to all, fans and curious newcomers.

The opening night will take place on Wednesday, January 26th at 6:30pm at the Cinéma du Parc (3575 av. du Parc). Your senses will take you into the life of workers in Asia, through the contrast between urban and rural, between plantations and construction sites, between remote hills in Nepal and Pre-Olympics China. Monsoon-Reflections by Stephanie Spray focuses on the grit and melancholy of two female Nepali field hands as they labour during the monsoon season. Spray draws on reflections of gender, labour, and fleeting pleasure to depict the texture of life in the rural Himalaya. In Demolition (Chai Qian), director JP Sniadecki presents a portrait of urban space, migrant labour, and relationships in the chinese province of Sichuan by following members of China's so-called "floating population", who have come from the countryside to find work in an ever-changing urban landscape. Tickets are on sale at Cinéma du Parc's box office (514-281-5199 /

The festival will continue with three days of screenings in Montreal universities, from Thursday, January 27th to Saturday, January 29th. The films will be presented in themed blocks, which will be followed by discussions with both filmmakers and invited guests/experts.

The documentaries are selected from an international call for films, for the quality of the directing as well as their ethnographic content. The genre of ethnographic film distinguishes itself from documentary in its attempt to record and convey to viewers the words, actions, traditions, and rituals of the various people and communities in the most faithful way possible. Ethnographic films are a dynamic part of the discipline of anthropology that privileges the use of the image as a way to study and examine societies and cultures.

Wednesday, January 26th – Opening night at Cinema du Parc at 6:30PM
Thursday, January 27th – Screenings at McGill University – Free
Friday, January 28th – Screenings at Concordia University – Free
Saturday, January 29th – Screenings at Université de Montreal – Free

Friday, 28th to Sunday, January 30th – Screenings at Université Laval, Québec
Thursday, 3rd and Friday, February 4th – Screenings at UQÀC, Chicoutimi

For more information, go to:

The International Ethnographic Film Festival of Quebec - 8th edition - Trailer.

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