Filme (alphabetisch nach Titel sortiert)

A Different Kind of Diversity

Astoria, New York City
by Anna Seegers-Krückeberg 

Length: 53 min
Producer: MPI MMG
Camera: Dörte U. Engelkes
Sound: Anna
Seegers-Krückeberg
Editor: Abbas Yousefpour
Location: New York/USA

Synopsis

This film features a neighborhood of New York called Astoria. It is known as one of the diversest areas in the USA. Longstanding residents share their neighborhood with migrants from earlier migration waves and with newly arriving migrants from all over the world. This mix of people encounters each other on a daily base in public space. The documentary captures the atmosphere of this neighborhood and the feeling of living with diversity.

GlobaldiverCities Project

 


Embrace

Directors: Dan Smyer Yu and Pema Tashi
Producer: Dan Smyer Yu
Pre-prod. ethnographic work: Dan Smyer Yu
Film type: documentary • Length: 55 min.
Nominated for award at the First Beijing International Film Festival, 2011.

Synopsis

This documentary presents the complex reciprocal saturati on of human communities, gods, Buddha Dharma, and natural landscape marked with religious significance. Through the narratives of a father and a son, this film illustrates both the transcendental and inter-sentient dimensions of Tibetan sacred sites and of their ecological significance. It documents a ritualized relationship of people and the place of their dwelling and natural surroundings. The juxtaposition of the cinematic narratives of the father and the son brings the audience a new sublime height of eco-spiritual reflections on the present and future states of our Planet Earth.


Ensouling the mountain

Director: Dan Smyer Yu
Pre-production fieldwork: Dan Smyer Yu
Film type: documentary
Length: 55 min.

Synopsis

This ethnographic film documents a pilgrimage of lamas, scholars, writers, filmmakers, and students to Mt. Amne Machen (Amne Machin), one of the nine Tibetan sacred mountains, located in Golok, Amdo, currently in Qinghai Province of China. Most pilgrims, as an integral part of the film crew, are both behind and forefront of different scenes. The film crew pulls its focus on how Amne Machen symbolizes home, belonging, and humanization of one’s native landscape. As Amne Machen is known as lha-ri or “soul-mountain” to which local communities and prominent historical figures entrust their collective memories, the sense of home and place-making are the primary topics of the pilgrims’ reflections. Through the narratives of the pilgrims and cinematic capturing of the awe-inspiring landscape of the mountain, this film relives powerfully gripping moments when place becomes a placeless, flowing cultural consciousness in the minds of the pilgrims.


Everybody is from Anywhere

Hillbrow, Johannesburg
by Dörte U. Engelkes

Length: 59 min
Producer: MPI MMG
Camera: Dörte U. Engelkes
Sound: Anna
Seegers-Krückeberg
Editor: Abbas Yousefpour
Location: Johannesburg/South Africa

Synopsis

This film features a neighborhood of Johannesburg in South Africa. Hillbrow’s population changed after the Apartheid era from an almost exclusively white suburb to a dominantly black area.  White South Africans and migrants from rural South Africa meet people from all over Africa who recently arrived to look for a better life. The documentary portrays different protagonists, their way of living and how they get along with friends and strangers in the streets and places of Hillbrow.

GlobaldiverCities Project
 


Ishaare. Gestures and Signs in Mumbai

Length: ca. 75 min
Director: Annelies Kusters
Research: Annelies Kusters, Sujit Sahasrabudhe
Producer: MPI MMG
Editor: Visual Box
Camera: Harish Chaudhari, Prakash Khairnar, Rohan Satardekar
Location: Mumbai, India

Synopsis

"Ishaare" has a double meaning: it means "gestures" in Hindi and Marathi, but it also means "signs", as such indicating that there cannot be made a strict distinction between them. However, whilst there seems to be overlap between gestures and sign language, they differ too, as the protagonists of the movie show and tell us. The film "Ishaare" documents how six deaf signers communicate with familiar and unfamiliar hearing shopkeepers, street vendors, customers, waiters, ticket conductors and fellow travellers in Mumbai. Reena and Pradip, who is deaf blind, go grocery shopping along local streets, in markets and in shops. Sujit, our guide throughout the movie, communicates in public transport. Mahesh is a retail businessman who sells stocks of pens to stationery shops. Komal runs an accessory shop with her husband Sanjay, where most customers are schoolgirls. Durga is the manager of a branch of Café Coffee Day, an upmarket coffee chain. When enquiring, selling, bargaining and chitchatting, these deaf and hearing people use gestures and signs, and they also lipread, mouthe, read and write in different spoken languages. In the film, they share how they experience these ways of communication.


Mix, lah

Jurong West, Singapore
by Dörte U. Engelkes

Length: ca. 60 min
Producer: MPI MMG
Camera: Dörte U. Engelkes
Sound: Anna
Seegers-Krückeberg
Editor: Abbas Yousefpour
Location: Jurong West, Singapore

Synopsis

This film features the residential area of Jurong West at the edge of Singapore where many people from all over Asia live and meet. The focus is on living with diversity in public spaces: a small path between huge high rises, a food hawker as the central meeting point of the neighborhood and places around the homes of the protagonists. Mrs. Heng and her husband come every Sunday to the path to join a small flea market. Raj is spending the whole day roaming around the food hawker where he meets many friends and strangers. Ramdass who arrived in Singapore some years ago and chose to live in a neighboring dormitory for male working migrants and Ofelia who spends most of her time with her friends from the Philippines.

GlobaldiverCities Project


Rainbow Rider

(2013, first cut, screening limited to research and educational venues)
Director: Dan Smyer Yü
Production Supervisor: Pema Tseden
Photographers: Pema Tashi, Meng Wang, Jun Zhu, Anchu Bem, Dan Smyer Yü
Sound: Baldor Gyal
Post-Production editing: Jun Zhang
Type: documentary • Length: 60 minutes

Synopsis

Rainbow Rider is a collaborative production of a social scientist and a Buddhist public intellectual. It is a social scientific experiment of the director as well as a public discourse of Khenpo Sodargye – the narrator/protagonist of the documentary film and a renowned Tibetan Buddhist public intellectual in China. Set in the backdrops of Khenpo Sodargye’s recent public events at prominent universities and research institutions in North America and Europe as well as of his teaching activities on his monastic campus in Sertar, Kham, currently western Sichuan Province of the PRC, this film documents his lectures and dialogues with social scientists on the topics of environmental health, human flourishing, the scientific understanding of the mind, and Buddhist vision of world peace. It invites audience to join the ongoing global discussions and debates on whether or not Buddhism is a science of its own.