Screenings at LIDO cinema in Leiden on 7, 8, 9 October
Each year we roll out the red carpet for students in the Visual Ethnography Specialization of the masters program in Cultural Anthropology and Developmental Sociology to present their thesis films and multimodal outputs to the general public.
Please join us in celebrating these innovative and sincere portrayals of life on planet earth
Juan F. Díaz Cuyás is a Visual Anthropology student temporarily based in Yanguas, Spain. He has recently finished a master’s degree in visual Ethnography at Leiden University and previously in Social and Cultural Anthropology by Autonomous Barcelona University and Maynooth University. He is a filmmaking and photography enthusiast who aspires to do a PhD in Anthropology using audiovisual techniques as researching methodologies. He has worked in a rural development project in India, photographing the water shortage issue in communities in Bangalore’s rural areas. In the short term, he seeks to start designing a photography project to overcome this year’s indeterminacy (we can do it!).
Tobias van Oosten is a recently graduated Cultural Anthropology student obtaining MA in Visual Ethnography at the university of Leiden, and a BA in Cultural Anthropology at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam. Now venturing into the usage of visual methods as film and photography as a complement to ethnographic methods. Past research projects have involved Ethnographic research of a city bound to tourist development in Bahia, Brazil. Here the author explored forms of segregation, and neighbourhood identities. His latest work, the Ethnographic research and documentary Time for North, explores the way Gentrification influences lives of older neighbourhood inhabitants of Amsterdam North.
Ringo Schut is a visual anthropologist and Filmmaker based in Amsterdam. Growing up with a wide range of interests, he aims to combine various experiences and creative endeavours within his work, through the use of experimentation with colors, music and rhythms. His love for interviewing and film making, combined with his own experiences with mental health, brought him to Leiden University to work on this mental health film project in an ethnographic manner.
Max Kortekaas is a young visual anthropologist from the Netherlands. He is based in Leiden, where he has finished both his bachelor as master in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sciences. With Max being a mixture of open-mindedness and creativity, with a combination of energy and adrenaline always makes up for in-depth relations and beautiful stories.
I am Rodrigo. Brazilian scholar with Master titles in Visual Ethnographic and Tourism and Environment. My researcher is grounded on ontological anthropology and visual practices, where I visually portrait how people enact the reality that they live. Through my work, I hope to not only portrait multiple realities but also to make the audience reflect on the ways their reality is enacted.
Laura Molsbergen is a young, creative human being based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She finished the minor Visual Anthropology during the Bachelor Cultural Anthropology and Developmental Sociology at the University of Amsterdam; and she did an internship at VPRO Metropolis in Hilversum. She recently completed her Masters Visual Ethnography in Leiden. Combining her passions in spoken word, dance and documentary filmmaking, Laura always explores rhythms that synchronize and clash as a metaphor for human relationships; as well as her own position and blind spots when she meets another culture or person.
César Colmant: is a humanitarian aid worker and a Filmmaker from Brussels. César majored in Political Sciences and Law (undergrad.) before working as a field coordinator with migrants in Serbia. He founded the fundraising NGO “La Route des Défis” in 2016 which supports ground-based initiative throughout Europe.
Victor is an anthropologist and documentary filmmaker based in Barcelona, Spain. He spent his first academic years studying migrants moving to Iceland who were learning Icelandic, researching on their motivations to learn this language and their experiences using it with native Icelanders. During his Master specialization in Visual Ethnography at Leiden University he has brought his research topic to the audio-visual format and to a different location, by filming a documentary about new speakers of Papiamentu on the island of Bonaire (Caribbean Netherlands). At the moment he is about to start his PhD at Autonomous University of Barcelona, where he expects to create an academic methodology to research the topic of language learners combining written and audio-visual formats.
Sandra Patiño is a visual ethnographer based in San Francisco, United States. After finishing her bachelor’s in Cultural Anthropology in San Francisco, she went on to complete her Masters’ in Visual Ethnography in Leiden, The Netherlands. Born in Bogotá, Patiño’s interest in documentary film has been influenced by her upbringing and academic development. She is currently working on a personal project, a short documentary series that tells the story of human social relationships with plant-based food.
Victoria van den Berg is a visual anthropologist based in Leiden, the Netherlands. After finishing the bachelor Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology in Leiden, she did the master Cultural Anthropology: Visual Ethnography at Leiden University. She specialised in music and digital communication, focusing on the influence of different music cultures on the global means of connection.
Jorn van Bladel is an ethnographer with a passion for filmmaking, digital and analogue photography, the great outdoors, and cars. Jorn is far from done with the off-roading scene, and aims to connect his involvement in it with his trainer as a photographer and cinematographer
Sarah Vasen is a young documentary maker and Visual Anthropologist based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. After graduating from her BA Media and Culture and MSc Visual Ethnography she wants to continue making films which highlight human qualities and similarities across the world, building on empathy instead of the aspects that divide us. Her first short documentary gives a glimpse into the life of a nomad in Tagounite, Morocco, which was shown at 2Doc: Makers van Morgen. During her second short documentary she asks herself how it is to be a student, especially a female student, in the Islamic Republic of Iran.Currently, she is learning Arabic and getting inspired for upcoming documentaries.
Eva Krol is a young documentary filmmaker and visual anthropologist based in Utrecht, The Netherlands. After a bachelor in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology in Utrecht, she started the master Visual Ethnography at Leiden University. Her first short documentary ‘Bangun Berdiri: Sta Op’ was shown at Pakhuis de Zwijger, after which she did a few productions for musea. Next year she will further develop her documentary filmmaking skills with an internship at production company De Familie Film & TV.
Nikki Koppes is a 28 year old filmmaker from Amsterdam who just graduated as a visual anthropologist. After finishing her bachelors in Media and Culture at the University of Amsterdam she worked as a freelance videographer. After starting her (pre)masters in Visual Ethnography she made her first short documentary, called Wat Mij Mij Maakt (‘What Makes Me Me’) together with fellow anthropologist filmmaker Sarah Vasen. Nikki specializes in feminism and sustainability and hopes to contribute to debates surrounding these topics by making film.
Marcel El-Metwally is a Freelance Director and Filmmaker based in Utrecht. Marcel majored in Psychology (undergrad.) at Utrecht University and in Visual Ethnography (grad.) at Leiden University. In 2014 Marcel founded the company Native Art Films & Photography.
Mark Lindenberg is as a filmmaker and visual ethnographer, interested in making films that make the audience have a feeling of being there, stepping with him into a world unknown. He graduated as a cinematographer at the AHK – Filmacademy Amsterdam and combines his skills with his master study Visual Ethnography at Leiden University to make the ‘strange’ become understandable and familiar.