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The 38th NAFA International Ethnographic Film Festival was held 11-15 September 2018 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

CinéTrans organized the festival in close collaboration with the Babeș-Bolyai University, the Hungarian University Federation of Cluj-Napoca and Tranzit House.

The festival consisted of three parts:

1. Workshop & Master Class entitled ´Work-in-progress´, where invited filmmakers presented their ongoing visual anthropological projects

2. The official NAFA film selection

3. Special screening of films from local filmmakers

 Films for next year can be submitted at the NAFA Film Festival Entry Form here.


Members of the international film selection committee in 2018 were

Catarina Alves Costa has a degree from the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, at the University of Manchester. Apart from being an anthropologist in Lisbon she runs a film production company together with Catarina Mourao.

Peter I. Crawford is an anthropologist, publisher and filmmaker. He has been an active member of NAFA since the late 1970s. He has written extensively on visual anthropology and ethnographic filmmaking and has wide experience in teaching the subject both theoretically and practically. He is professor of visual anthropology at the Visual Cultural Studies program at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway. Peter is the chairman of the film selection committee.

Knud Fischer-Møller is a social anthropologist (cand.scient.anth.) from the University of Copenhagen from 2003. His thesis is based on a long-lasting fieldwork concerning the performance of “Twelfth Night” - a masktradition which takes place at midwinter on an island in Denmark. Knud is a NAFA veteran and has served on the film selection committee several times.

Alyssa Grossman is an American anthropologist and filmmaker, who took both her MA and PhD in Manchester, at the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology. Alyssa has been serving on the NAFA film selection committee before. She has lived in Gothenburg for a number of years now, working at the University of Gothenburg. Most of Alyssa’s research is based on fieldwork in Romania.

Orsolya Veraart is from Romania and belongs to the Hungarian minority there. She is married to Ralph Veraart, who is the main mover when it comes to NAFA´s official website ( Orsolya has a degree from the Visual Cultural Studies program at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway. She has served for several years on the NAFA film selection committee and she is co-founder of CinéTrans.


Workshop & Master Class participants

As part of the NAFA International Ethnographic Film Festival a Workshop & Master Class was designed to be a great opportunity for the audience to learn the ins and outs of filmmaking from professionals in the field of visual anthropology.

Eddy Appels shared personal observations through his ongoing film project about his sister suffering from multiple sclerosis. Using archive material from different sources (home movies, television interviews), the film explored the life-long intimate relationship between the filmmaker and his ten years younger sister whose health is slowly falling apart. Can film be a soothing medium, and if so, for whom? What are the ethic and esthetic boundaries while filming physical decline? When do you stop filming? How collaborative can or should a film project like this be? What should be the main theme?

Len Kamerling showed the evolution of his Alaska films and the development of his approach of collaborating with Alaska Native communities.

Christian Suhr discussed his work on a film and research project: ´Plague over Denmark´ - Radicalisation, contagion, and healing among Danish Muslims at the Grimhøj mosque.

Peter I. Crawford, Jan Ketil Simonsen and Orsolya Veraart together had a visual anthropology of food session. Orsolya Veraart presented the film entitled Slaughter. The film is shot in Transylvania around Easter time: we see and hear Hungarian men converse with a Rroma man during the lamb slaughter. Through the film we get a glimpse of the process of slaughtering, as well as the social dynamics between Hungarians and Rroma. Peter I. Crawford and Jan Ketil Simonsen had a presentation about a research project on the cultural significance of the Iberian so-called blackfoot pig (pata negra).


These projects were commented upon and the discussions were guided by the following panel: Peter I. Crawford, Lisbet Holtedahl, Jan Ketil Simonsen and Frode Storaas. 


Download here the programme of NAFA2018

Nordic Anthropological Film Association (NAFA)


Tranzit Foundation

The Hungarian University Federation of Cluj-Napoca

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