Guardians of the Night

Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier & Eleonora Diamanti | Cuba 15 min| 2018
Guardians of the Night é um filme etnográfico experimental e sensorial de curta duração sobre as atividades cíclicas e espontâneas da vida que surgem na noite de Guantánamo.

When the night falls in Guantánamo, Cuba and invades the streets, other forms of life emerge. Guardians of the Night sheds light on the people, activities, sites and ideas that occur on an everyday basis at night time in Eastern Cuba. Guardians of the Night is an experimental and sensorial short-length ethnographic film about the cyclical and spontaneous life activities that emerge at nighttime in Guantánamo, Cuba.

ALEXANDRINE BOUDREAULT-FOURNIER

Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Victoria. She teaches Visual Culture, Visual Anthropology and The Anthropology of Sound.

ELEONORA DIAMANTI

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow and a Limited Term Assistant Professor (2017) at the University of Victoria in the Department of Anthropology, where she taught Urban Anthropology and Anthropology of the Night.

TRACE

Wanying Li | UK 1M 45 | 2018

This short film is about WE.
WE have a thing with tunnels.
Underground is like a network as well as a kind of boundary in our daily life. People all get together here, to different directions.
It is also the most impressive infrastructures in London.

This short film shows the infinite tunnels pull us in with their symmetry. The ceiling lights guide our eyes to the horizon. The tiles and posters form patterns that please the eye. The echoes of rushing crowds, a flickering light, a train zooming by.

Traces of us (human life) is our boundary.
Every day, everyone is drawing a circle,
Or the motion trails like different lines from point A to point B.
and these circles and lines are the scope of activities as well as our boundaries.

So I’ve spent days in the underground looking for the traces underneath the city surface…

WANYING LI

RCA Architecture Researcher

MECA

Artur dos Reis | Portugal 8m 45 | 2018

There is a place in the city where man and machine become one. Beneath the floor, in Lisbon’s undergrounds, daily routines are deconstructed and fragmented inside a mechanism that feeds of temporary, anonymous beings. They exist only while they’re inside it.

ARTUR DOS REIS

Artur dos Reis soon developed an interest for the visual arts, which led him to study Sound and Image at ESAD.CR. There he made his first acquaintances with fellow artists and film makers, like Yuuts Ruoy Collective, with who he developed work on video installation for their performances. In 2017 he moves to Lisbon, to take an internship at Terratreme, Portuguese film production company. In 2018 he has his first short film, Meca, premiere at Doclisboa IFF, along with Cartography of a Rehearsal, directed by Ana-Maria, where he worked as an editor.

Mind the Gap – HK MTR

Chloe Law & Carson Mulligan | Hong Kong 2 m52 | 2017

Seeing the MTR as part of everyday life in Hong Kong and through living processes, we have recorded the daily ritual of passive commuters in between the signs and infrastructures, capture the sounds and voices inside the stations and within clandestine areas. We have attempted to grasp the flow of speed during rush hours and the standstill moments contrasting with them. Together, it creates the rhythm and symphony of everyday life Hong Kong citizen.

Chloe Law

Chloe Law is a visual communication designer with decade-long experience across Australia, Hong Kong and Mainland China. In her work, the visual talks more than just vision, it informs relations and shapes practices. Her interventions include participatory research and ethnographic methods. Based in Shanghai, she currently explores the mutation of Chinese cities.

Carson Mulligan

Carson Mulligan is a student at National Taiwan University and will attend the Yenching Academy at Peking University next fall in Beijing to study Law & Society. He comes from rural Oklahoma and has interned for the White House Liaison Office at the U.S. Department of State, Morgan Stanley, and Seaport Global Securities.

A way we go

Jacqueline Hicks | Australia, Vietnam, China, India, Kenya, Russia, Turquia, Espanha e Alemanha 56 min | 2017

Treading the paths that millions of people take every day, this film takes an insight into one of life’s great mysteries: where are we when we are between places? By exploring the urban transport in ten diverse major cities, it strips back misconceptions about the time it takes to get around, and explore the beauty, culture and life which thrives among the timetables, wheels and concrete of the various modes of transport that we use in our cities.

JACQUELINE HICKS

Jacqui grew up in a small city where many people drove cars. However, she never bought one herself and when she started her engineering degree, she decided to take the train to University – it was a longer commute but she really enjoyed it. When they threatened to cut the rail line her interest in sustainability and the culture around urban transport led her to do a Masters in sustainable transport in France and then return to Australia to do her PhD on social influences of urban passenger transport use.
Wanting to apply some of her findings and to continue her exploration of transport, she embarked on a journey to make a film to help the world see the beauty and complexity of transport, particularly the time we spend on transport. She has learnt everything along the way, but through her curiosity offers a fresh approach to documentary film making and urban transport.

Elo Perdido. O Brasil que Pedala

Renata Falzoni | Brazil 30 min 09 | 2018

In an increasingly motorized Brazil, where cars and motorcycles are considered a priority on the streets, thousands of Brazilians prefer to use bicycles as their main means of transportation. More than a simple choice, the alternative reflects a peculiar moment of the country, besides raising reflections on the growing industrialization.

RENATA FALZONI

Architect, journalist, cyclo-activist. Pedal since 1976 as a means of transport. In the late 1980s, he founded Night Biker’s Club of Brazil, the country’s first night pedal group. With passes through Folha de S.Paulo, Channel 21, ESPN and TV Gazeta, Renata has already pedaled in 28 different countries producing the program “Adventures with Renata Falzoni”. Today he is at the front of the portal and Bike is Legal channel, besides being a commentator of the Mais São Paulo chart on CBN radio.

Please, Mind the Gap!

Taher Abdel-Ghani | Egypt 4 min 25 | 2017

The contemporary post-modern society is mainly characterized by the blurriness between formality and informality. Being a subject of such phenomenon, moving around the city, intertwined between individuals and vehicles, is becoming more challenging to balance between policy implementation and meeting civic needs.

TAHER ABDEL-GHANI

An urban researcher and passionate filmmaker whose work is mainly focused on analyzing the city through cinematic images

Bench Players

Gili Noyman | Israel 7 min 57 | 2017

‘Bench Players’ is a short film about waiting for routine for a bus, focusing on a single bus stop, situated next to a public bench. It offers eclectic observations on people behavior while waiting, segmenting the waiting process to interactions (or the lack of them), body language, movements, and colors. the film gives the constant ambivalent feeling of vibrant colorful yet harsh street life, combining visual fiction and anthropological gaze.

GILI NOYMAN

Documentary and experimental film Director

Changing Tracks for Safety #GaanaRewrite

Akshara Centre | India 2min 09 | 2017

India is a country obsessed with Bollywood, its movie stars and its songs. Within hours of a song’s release, millions of fans are found singing the catchy numbers. But often, the lyrics of these popular chartbusters make rampant use of derogatory words and themes against women. And soon these songs find their way into every nook and corner of the nation, becoming weapons for street harassment and objectification of women. We used one of our social media campaigns to address and tackle this issue.

One of our city-wide surveys with 5031 women and men showed that 46% women felt unsafe in public buses, 41% in public spaces and 17% in trains [source: http://www.aksharacentre.org/#press%5D. One of the solutions to tackle this problem of safety on public transport was to ensure that bus and train conductors were sensitized and were trained to tackle cases of sexual harassment. To ensure the same, we trained more than 2000 train and bus conductors in Mumbai. With the help of volunteers, we also conducted safety audits of various locations in Mumbai to find out if the areas were safe by taking lighting, accessibility, etc as parameters.

The current video submission is a music video of rewritten lyrics of popular Bollywood songs that become tools for harassment on public transport and in public places.

AKSHARA CENTRE

Non profit based in Mumbai working for the rights, education and livelihood of young women and for a safe city and gender inclusive city. Every year we work with over 1000 young women and men from underprivileged and provide them educational scholarships, capacity development trainings for livelihood skills and feminist leadership to build an equal and violence free society. Our advocacy program campaigns for a Safe City wherein we liaison with authorities and organisations for better legislation and policies to make the city more gender inclusive and safe for women.

[www.aksharacentre.org ]

All else being equal

Anne Jarrigeon | France 60 min | 2018

Researchers talk about how to interpret the transport statistics available for Paris and its suburbs. Four women are getting ready to cross their doorstep.

Mobility is one of the oldest demands of women, who have been under house arrest for a very long time. Access to outdoor spaces, move freely (and alone), have access to different modes of transport were undeniable conquests that seem far from completed. Sexual harassment and gender-based violence are the backdrop for women’s daily journeys. But are they only confronted to inequalities in that way?

Shorter, more frequent, more complex, at slower speeds and at particular times, their movements in cities have their own characteristics that go beyond the issue of harassment in transport. To travel for them puts in motion their condition, reveal its components, make visible at the same time obstacles and the way to overcome barriers. But mobility is not limited to the sequences of moving: it is organized in constrained configurations. Anticipation, renunciations, multiple temporal and corporal adjustments make the mobile daily that this film explores.

Produced as part of a research program entitled “Pari (s) du genre” which examines in Paris, under Claire Hancock and Anne Jarrigeon responsibility the possibilities of a post-sexist urban life, All else being equal is a documentary that intertwine several approaches to the mobility of women. It aims to understand in a sensitive way how women experiment their mobility.

With Mélodie Trolliet, Paul, Macéo, Julie Chrétien, Claire Hancock, Fatima Ouardi, Marie-Hélène Massot, Clémentine Huber, Maxime, Camille, Orlandina Araujo, Manthita Sakho

ANNE JARRIGEON

Born in 1977 in Lyon (France), Anne Jarrigeon is a French Anthropologist and a Documentary Film-maker. She is Associate Professor in Paris School of Urban Planning and member of the research unit City Mobility Transport (LVMT, Paris-Est-University), where she leads a research axe on “Urban mobilities and imaginaries”. She works on urban contemporary experiences and imaginaries, at the junction of Images Analysis, Visual Anthropology and Urban Ethnography.
In 2012 she although co-founded the research group “Thinking urban toward images” (Urban future Labex) that brings together anthropologists, architects, sociologists, geographers and visual artists to experiment new ways to work in urban studies.

She is member of the Atelier Varan and of the Mobile Lives Forum steering committee