Made by Elizabeth Benjamin on the Practical Filmmaking Course at University College London, Dept. of Anthropology. A film about a young woman of Hazara origins, living in London with her traditional parents from Pakistan. The Hazara people are the descendants of Genghis Khan's army who settled in Afghanistan. Today Noreen lives a vibrant and victorious life with one foot in British culture and the other deeply rooted in Hazara traditions.
A film by Maria Kouvatsou made as part of an Anthropology masters degree at University College London. Pavo,whose name means ‘turkey’ in Spanish, loves his 24/7 virtual life online, but living in hotel rooms and going to porn parties make for a difficult family life in the real world.
Persepolis is an Iranian corner shop in south London. An Aladdin's cave of all that is traditionally Persian. Filmed in the build-up to Nouruz, the Persian New Year festival. This film is about the many communities that make up a great city and the lady who runs Persepolis - the shop that unifies a community and anyone who enters its doors.
A film by Jingsi Li, a masters student in the Anthropology Department at University College London as part of her masters degree ; this film follows pop idols and lesbian lovers - exploring and analysing the teenage world of the modern Chinese city, where alternative lifestyles thrive in the world of online networks
Why do men grow a moustache? What does it communicate? Has fashion changed? An exploration of masculinity (and feminity made by Iain Walker on a 2-week Practical Filmmaking workshop at UCL's Anthropology Department. Go out with a camera; talk to people and discover other realities. The camera and the interview - an interesting ethnographic methodology
Do we all live in a spiral of putting off what we can do today until tomorow? This is a visual excercise in communicating the economist's theories of the human tendency for 'hyperbolic discounting' - better known as procrastination. This film was made by Osiel Davila from the SOAS Economics Depatartment on UCL's 2-week Practical Filmmaking workshop in the Anthropology Department in 2010. It evolved from an excercise when the students discover that asking questions with a camera opens up undreamt-of creative content - a radical methodolgy in itself.
What does that little slither of hi-tech communiucation equipment say about us and mean to us? Maria Loh, a lecturer in the History of Art, explores the light-hearted aesthetics of the cellphone in Gordon Square. Made on a 2-week workshop in UCL's Anthropology Department Practical Filmmaking workshop in 2009
One family, all devoted punters, but each person wants to bet on a different horse in the Gand National. Which one wins? A humorous observation of family life by Zeina Hurst made during a 2-week Practical Filmmaking workshop in UCL's Dept. of Anthropology
What to do we think is beautiful in a person? In fashion-conscious Camden Lock, this film explores complex notions of inner and outer beauty. Filmed in a team of three during UCL's 3-week summer school in 2008this is one of three edits of the same shared footage
Steve has to write. He's deterrmined to be the world's best freelance journalist. Living life with gusto and following his every whim, Steve is pitching the world, blogging to everyone. He is sending articles to all the 642 magazines listed in the Writers' and Artists' Yearbook. With his wine glass in one hand and his pharmacologist wife beside him, Steve climbs his mountain with uncertain steps. Anna Caffrey made this film in UCL's Dept. of Anthropology Practical Filmmaking masters module in 2010.
Ting Zhang came to London from China to study Anthropology. She ended up living with a new-age Hindu cult, the Ananda Marg - The Path of Bliss. In this film Tinguncovers their motives and how it relates to her aspirations, living and studying in a new culture. Rationality and religion meet head on. A film made for UCL's Dept. of Anthropology Practical Filmmaking MA module in 2009.
Made by Linda Paganelli on the 2009 Pracstical filmmaking masters module at UCL. This film explores ethnicity in London and the nature of the individual in an urban environment through image and sound.
Deep in our inner being is a world hidden from the outside. This film penetrates those inner feelings. It was made over 10 days as part of a short course in Practical filmmaking at UCL's Dept.. of Anthropology.
Camden Lock is the cult centre of the fashion and beauty business. Eriko explores its significance in self-expression. This film was made bya team of three and this is Eriko Kabyashi's edit of shared footage. It was made in UCL's 3-week summer school in 2008
Bruce and Lasse, who made this film, both live in the same derelict tenement Block in East London and both were diagnosed with cancer. This film explores how access to knowledge is power - a power that can save lives. This film was made for one of the Anthropolgy department's 10 workshops in 2010.