Anthropology, Sociology

With the support of the International Visegrad Fund

In Co-operation with the University of Warsaw, faculty of History, Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Warsaw, Poland; the Slovak Association of Social Anthropology, Bratislava, Slovakia; and the Czech Association of Social Anthropology, Prague, Czech Republic

Course date

4 July - 22 July, 2011
Application deadline:
15 February, 2011
Course Director(s): 

Michael Yorke

Department of Anthropology, University College London, UK

Vlad Naumescu

Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Course Faculty: 

Ben Pollard

InSight - Center for theory and practice of film

Michael Stewart

University College London, UK / Open City Docs Festival in London, UK/ Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Recent years have witnessed a growing interest in anthropological filmmaking in the academia. The visual has become a primary tool for teaching, documenting, analyzing social phenomena but also communicating and engaging with broader audiences. This course enables researchers to use film more consciously and creatively in order to gain a new perspective in their approach to the world and learn to convey their ideas in a new language.

The course provides a state-of-the-art training for social scientists interested in filmmaking. It focuses on cross-cultural ethnographically informed filmmaking, combining an intensive three weeks training in practical filmmaking with discussions on history, genres, ethics and theories of visuality. Taught by academics and film professionals with expertise in visual anthropology and ethnographic filmmaking, the course combines a practical, hands-on camera training with a series of theoretical sessions and masterclasses. 


Masterclasses: Peter Forgacs, Media Artist and Independent Filmmaker, Budapest, Hungary
Nikolaus Geyrhalter, film director and producer
Consultant Ibolya Fekete, film editor


Watch the films that were produced by the participants during the course.

Time to Csángó Room in the square
Cold War Neighbours Meat Love
The Speaker Our Ground
la Caminata