Monthly Screenings

The 7th Anthropological Film Festival

The Jerusalem Cinematheque, together with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University, are working to promote documentary films with ethnographic orientation. These films use cinematic techniques in order to demonstrate the complexity and difficulties of the lives of individuals and communities around the world, the relationship between the human and non-human, and the social political and financial aspects of these relationships.

The screenings are accompanied by lectures and talks with some of the filmmakers.

Come join us, come and be part of the world we live in.

Kids on the Silk Road

Dir.: Jens Pedersen
| 80 minutes

Four episodes from the series created about children living along the Silk Road – a girl from Nepal who is arranged to be married, a boy from Kyrgyzstan who raises horses, a surfer from Bangladesh, and a “rubber girl” from Mongolia.

Speaker (in Heb.): Prof. Michal Frenkel, The Hebrew University Jerusalem


Dir.: Virpi Suutari
| 76 minutes

The film follows two completely different initiatives in the field of food. The first is familial and traditional. The second is driven by advanced technology, sustainability, and global conduct. 

A Year of Hope

Dir.: Mikala Krogh
| 84 minutes

A coming-of-age story about a group of boys from the streets of Manila, who get a chance to change their lives forever. They are offered a one-year stay at a rehabilitation center far away from the city.

Opening Event

Opening act by Eden Derso and DJ Mesh

United Skates

Dir.: Dyana Winkler, Tina Brown
| 89 minutes

When America’s last standing roller rinks are threatened with closure, a community of thousands battle in a racially charged environment to save an underground subculture – one that has remained undiscovered by the mainstream for generations, yet has given rise to some of the world’s greatest musical talents. 

The Next Guardian

Dir.: Arun Bhattarai, Dorottya Zurbó
| 74 minutes

Gyembo and Tashi’s father oversees a Buddhist temple that has been in the family for generations. He wishes for his son to inherit his position, but both kids are more interested in football. The family’s struggle for the future brings to the surface issues of gender, education and religion.

Speaker (in Heb.): Dr. Claudia Kedar, The Hebrew University Jerusalem

Voices of the Sea

Dir.: Kim Hopkins
| 82 minutes

The sea is the deceptive source of livelihood for a Cuban fishing village. It is also the main escape route from the island to the US. 

Speakers: Dr. Alina Bernstein, Oshrat Eni. Screening in the presence of director Alisa Kovalenko and producer Stephen Siohan

Home Game

Dir.: Alisa Kovalenko
| 87 minutes

Alina, a 20-something Ukrainian, dreams of becoming a professional footballer. The game has saved her life time and time again. But when she is left the sole guardian of her younger siblings, life is turned upside-down.

Speaker (in Heb.): Prof. Lynn Schler, Ben Gurion University

Welcome to Sodom

Dir.: Florian Weigensamer, Christian Krönes
| 92 minutes

In western Ghana, a smoky field is the dump site of electronic waste by the West. It is also a site where people live and try to fish out any part that they can sell to survive. 

When the Whites Returned to their Countries, the Wars Began

A conversation (in Heb.) between Dr. Dan Geva and Prof. Tamar Elor

To Live with Herds

Dir.: David MacDougall, Judith MacDougall
| 70 minutes

Following a period of relative isolation under the British Protectorate government, the Jie are now under increasing pressure to abandon their traditional culture. To Live with Herds has become a stepping stone of visual ethnography and raises difficult questions about Africa.


Dir.: Virpi Suutari
| 76 minutes

The film follows two completely different initiatives in the field of food. The first is familial and traditional. The second is driven by advanced technology, sustainability, and global conduct. 

On the NAFA Ethnographic Film Festival

Prof. Peter I. Crawford, an anthropologist, filmmaker, and an active member of the board of the Nordic Anthropological Film Association since the late 1970s. He will be sharing NAFA's history and uniqueness.
Speaker (in Heb.): Dr. Dina Lisnyansky, Bar Ilan University

Before Father Gets Back

Dir.: Mari Gulbiani
| 75 minutes

Iman and Eva are from a Muslim village in Georgia that is being radicalized. Many of the village’s men have joined ISIS. The two take a film class at school. The exposure to cinema teaches them new things about themselves and the world. 

Speaker (in Heb.): Prof. Edna Lomsky Feder, The Hebrew University Jerusalem

The Son

Dir.: Alexander Abaturov
| 71 minutes

Dima was killed in the line of duty. He served as part of an elite force. The director, Dima’s cousin, follows the new recruits of Dima’s unit as they go through intense training, as well as Dima’s parents’ attempts to come to terms with what has happened. 

Harvest Moon

Dir.: Zaheed Mawani
| 69 minutes

One of the world’s largest chestnut forests sits hidden in a valley in Kyrgyzstan. The forest contains a rare variety of plants and animals. Every September, the surrounding farmers make their way to the forest. The film offers majestic images of a life that is slowly disappearing.

Speaker (in Heb.): Lydia Ginsburg, Open University, Dr. Samuel Barnai, The Hebrew University Jerusalem

Third-Class Travel

Dir.: Rodion Ismailov
| 82 minutes

The Moscow-Vladivostok train journey is one of the longest in the world. The film follows the passengers of the third-class cart. The long days and nights, eating, drinking, music, stories, and confessions, create a mosaic of contemporary Russia.