Archive for October, 2011

Official Programme

Dear Friends,

We are very happy to announce that this year our festival will have its first theme-tribute and it will be dedicated to water. The tribute will include a series of films in our 3-day festival and it will end in a special event on the 23rd of November under the title: wetlands, cultural heritage and ethnographic film.






We announce also the programme of the festival which includes 2 basic and 3 special sections.

In total there will be  10 screenings in Student Films
                                            11 in Panorama
                                            3 in Leacock‘s tribute
                                           3 in water tribute and
                                          1 special screening as work in progress

Here you can find the Official Programme, the timetable and the timetable with synopsis  

We would like to thank the supporter of the festival, the Centre for Visual Anthropology of Goldsmiths College, University of London and our press sponsor Diavazo magazine



Official Poster 2011

Here you can see our official poster

Artwork by Panagiotis Agelopoulos (

Logo by  Dimitris Mylonas (

2nd Ethnofest: First announcement

The second Ethnographic Film Festival of Athens will open its gates on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of November at Nixon Cinema.  There will be three thematic units in the festival, as last year.

Through the unit of the Students’ Films, the audience will have the opportunity to make their acquaintance with projects of the students of Anthropology and other social sciences, who present these films as their dissertation. Additionally, in Panorama they would watch recent productions of ethnographic documentaries and works of film-makers who after their graduation are going on by exploring the connection between image and social research.

The cinematographers who participate in this year’s festival come from different countries of the world, such as Britain, Sweden, Portugal, Romania, Greece and they will make us see, from a different point of view, countries like Cameroon, Philippines, Cuba, Russia as well as unknown neighbourhoods of Athens, Bucharest and other known and unknown areas of the globe.

The third unit of the festival is a tribute to Richard Leacock, who passed away last March. The programme includes three films which have characterized not only him but the whole movement of what is called  “direct cinema” of late 1950’s.  Richard Leacock as well as Robert Drew, D.A. Pennebaker and David & Albert Maysles were amongst the most important representatives of this movement.

Richard Leacock was born in London in 1921, and was identified (as the other members of the team) with the American version of “cinema vérité” which was named “direct cinema”.  These two schools were defined by technological improvements and the capability of synchronized sound recording in the late 1950’s,  facts that definitely changed the way of making documentaries.

The three films are:

Luisiana Story” (1948)  Director: Robert Flaherty / Camera: R. Leacock

This last film of the great creator and father of ethnographic cinema is not a documentary; it’s a fiction based on real facts and follows the idyllic life of a boy, Cajum and his raccoon pet, which is disturbed when the serenity of the swamp is devastated by an oil-drilling which takes place near his home.  For Leacock, who in this case filmed by himself, was a cooperation of great importance and an unforgettable life experience.

Primary” (1960)  Director:  Robert Drew

This is a landmark film in the school of direct cinema. It records John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey’s electoral campaign in Wisconsin for the democratic nomination.  Without any interviews or guiding, he just shoots what’s happening.  In this film, which has influenced to a great extent the history of the ethnographic cinema and documentaries in general, we find R. Drew’s team as a whole, since each one has a certain role and they really cooperate in every aspect of the film including the direction. Typically Leacock and Albert Maysles are in camera and Pennebaker is in charge of the montage.

The chair” (1962)  Directors: R. Leacock and R. Drew

In this dramatic record, Leacock and Drew watch together the struggle of Louis Nizer, a lawyer, to save Paul Crump from the electric chair.  A rare account of an issue which till nowadays divides people in the U.S.A.   

The Ethnographic Film Festival of Athens invites you to discover ethnography through the image, as it emerges from its own past and moreover as new creators present it nowadays.


For more information:

Konstantinos Aivaliotis – Nikos Sfakianakis

Tel.:       +30 210 6544917 / 6945104788




Nixon Cinema,  61B Agisilaou Street, Keramikos, Athens

*Admission: Free     Order of precedence will be observed

 There will be only English subtitles in the films.

Screenings start at 18:00