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revealing aspects of Transylvanian life

by Orsolya and Ralph

Transylvanian polenta is a modest and tasty food, often belittled but eaten with great appetite.

Polenta Transylvanica is an ode to this simple and good food, and goes beyond that: the social aesthetics of the film reveal how richness and frugality conquer the same table, and how the interactions around this table reveal the existing gender and intergenerational relations.

The film was presented at the Visual Anthropology of Food Symposium organized as part of the 37th NAFA International Ethnographic Film Festival.

by Orsolya and Ralph

On a Transylvanian farm much is recycled. Onion peels and broken stockings serve a beautiful purpose and come together in a traditional skill at Easter time.

by Ralph

Anthony and Petra sold their house in the UK and bought a small farm in a mountain village in Transylvania, Romania. They have been living at their farm for about six years when Ralph and Orsolya visit them during the hay making season of summer 2012. They talk about why they have chosen to live on a small farm and about the challenges of family life.

Screened at the following film festivals and television program:
2016 - NRK Kunnskapskanalen
2014 - DEF
2013 - ASTRA, International Festival of Ethnological Film Belgrade, Kratovo Film Festival

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by Orsolya

Shot in the forest and hills surrounding a small Transylvanian village in Romania, the film portrays Gabi, a fisherman and forager. We enter his life closely connected with nature. We get to know what he thinks of and how he feels about nature; Romania and life in Romania, the fate of the average Romanian surfacing now and then.

The film also presents how the relationship between Gabi and the filmmaker unfolds, and how this development influences the course of the film. The narrative turns into a metanarrative on the filmmaking process; and the initially perhaps naïve, charming film turns out to be different.

Man of Nature and Me was screened at the following film festivals and television program:
2016 - NRK Kunnskapskanalen
2014 - DEF,  Etnofilm Rovinj
2013 - NAFA, Beeld voor Beeld, International Festival of Ethnological Film Belgrade, Kratovo Film Festival

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Anthropologists work and study with people. Immersed with them in an environment of joint activity, they learn to see things (or hear them, or touch them) in the ways their teachers and companions do.

- Tim Ingold

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